Links 3-31-2010: Sox sign Padron, Spring winding down

The front office is keeping us busy as we come down the stretch to Opening Day. The Red Sox are set to sign Cuban OF Jorge Padron to a minor league contract with a reported $350k signing bonus. It was first tweeted here. Padron, who defected in 2009, is regarded as a good contact hitter from the left side, but does not have much pop.

Casey Kelly made his first career Spring start, and looked good against the Rays. He threw 61 pitches, striking out four and allowing two runs on four hits. It was a decent three innings against a good lineup. Prospect Anthony Rizzo also showed why he is a top prospect at 1B, collecting three hits and bashing a HR off Rays closer Rafael Soriano. Another good sign: the Red Sox were playing smart out on the field as well as hustling and playing good ball.

You’ll hear this Yankee farmhand’s name here and there: Pat Venditte. It’s because of his unique ability to switch-pitch. Venditte uses a six-fingered glove so that he can turn around on the mound based on who he’s facing at the plate, and so far has been quite successful – at Single-A. The platoon advantage is a great thing to have, but you’ve got to be pretty good from both sides to really exploit it.


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