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Red Sox add RHPs Padilla, Cook, Germano

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BOSTON (AP)

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Boston Red Sox and right-hander Vicente Padilla have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the club hadn't formally announced the deal.

Padilla has a chance to compete for the fifth spot in Boston's rotation. Other candidates for that job are right-handers Aaron Cook and Justin Germano. The Red Sox announced on Sunday via Twitter that they had agreed with Cook and Germano to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training.

In another move, the Red Sox and left-hander Franklin Morales avoided arbitration by agreeing to an $850,00, one-year contract that is not guaranteed.

Padilla, 34, pitched in just nine games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the last on May 13, before having season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his neck.

The 13-year veteran has a 140-90 record and a 4.31 ERA with Arizona, Philadelphia, Texas and the Dodgers. He started 237 of his 330 games but pitched only in relief last year. He began the season on the disabled list while recovering from forearm surgery after going 6-5 in 2010 with a 4.07 ERA in 16 starts.

The Red Sox acquired Morales from the Rockies last May. He appeared in a career-high 50 games last season for Boston and Colorado, with a 3.69 ERA.

The 25-year-old Morales held opponents scoreless in 28 of 36 appearances with the Red Sox. He is 8-12 with 10 saves and a 4.61 ERA in his career.

Morales was among eight Red Sox players who filed for arbitration last Friday.

Tagged: Dodgers, Vicente Padilla, Franklin Morales, Red Sox

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