LOS ANGELES CA - JULY 06: Vicente Padilla #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks back to the dugout in the second inning against the Florida Marlins at Dodger Stadium on July 6 2010 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Vicente Padilla, recently signed by the Red Sox to a minor league deal, is in legal trouble in his native Nicaragua.
According to La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua, pitcher Vicente Padilla -- who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox earlier this month -- had an arrest warrant issued for his failure to show up in court for a child support hearing, only to have the arrest order revoked later. That second article suggests that Padilla is facing an order not to leave Nicaragua for spring training until the matter is resolved. According to the reports, Padilla owes approximately US$4,200 in child support.
Padilla stands to make $1.5 million if he makes the Red Sox' major-league roster. You'd think that would be a motivational factor to get this matter settled quickly.