Peter Gammons is reporting that RHP Vicente Padilla, 34, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Red Sox. The Herald says the deal will pay him $1.5 million if he makes the big league club.
Padilla made only nine appearances for the Dodgers in 2011, all in relief, before neck problems ended his season in June. ... [I]n recent years the 34-year-old has been a swingman and spot starter ... He has reportedly been hitting 95-96 mph with his fastball this winter in Nicaragua, and has said he wants to fight for a rotation spot.