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March 30, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Sox reportedly sign outfielder Jorge Padron to minor league deal

According to Jorge Ebro, a writer from the El Nuevo Herald in Havana, the Boston Red Sox have signed 23-year-old outfielder Jorge Padron to a minor league contract with a signing bonus of $350,000. We are awaiting confirmation of this signing from major league sources.

Padron, a left-handed gap hitter, played for Cuba's Pinar del Rio squad and hit .345/.429/.518 in 2008-2009 following up on a .333/.419/.459 performance in 2007-2008. He also played in the 2004 World Junior Championship as Cuba's left fielder and helped the team win gold by hitting .346 during the tournament. Padron struggles against lefties but has dominated right-handed pitching during his career and boasts solid contact rates with gap-to-gap power potential.