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Padilla signs one-year deal to play in Japan

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Veteran right-hander Vicente Padilla, who went 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 relief appearances with the Red Sox last season, has signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with Japan's SoftBank Hawks, according to an industry source.

Padilla spent 14 years in the big leagues and owns a career record of 108-91 with a 4.32 ERA.

The 35-year-old also pitched for the Phillies (six seasons), Rangers (four), Dodgers (three) and D-backs (two). He was an All-Star in 2002 with the Phillies, when he went 14-11 with a 3.28 ERA.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. ‪Joey Nowak contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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