Padilla signs with Japanese team

(posted Jan. 16)- After 13 years of pitching in the Major Leagues, Nicaraguan hurler Vicente Padilla is taking his aging arm to Japan next season to throw for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, La Prensa reports.

Padilla, who lists his age as 35, pitched 50 innings of middle relief for the Boston Red Sox in the 2012 season, posting an era of 4.50. He gave up 59 hits and fanned 51 last year, finishing with a record of 4 wins, 1 loss and 1 save.

La Prensa reports that Padilla will have a chance to move back into a starter’s role in Japan. Padilla hasn’t started a game in the Big Leagues since 2010. Padilla’s winningest season in the Majors was in 2006, when he won 15 games for the Texas Rangers.

The move to Japan this year will also be good for Padilla’s bank account. La Prensa reports the right-handed hurler will earn $3.25 million playing for Fukuoka, more than twice what he earned last year playing for the Red Sox.


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