News: Rangers put Vicente Padilla on Waivers

The Rangers have put RHP Vicente Padilla on waivers, according to Evan Grant, in a post to his new sports blog, Inside Corner, for D Magazine.

According to Grant, “The move would allow the Rangers to dump Padilla’s salary if any club claims him. It also serves as a subtle notice to other teams the Rangers would be willing to deal him for a small return.”

Padilla is still due $8 million this season, though his contract also has a $12 million team option for next year.

The 31–year-old Padilla is 3–3 in nine starts for the Rangers, during which he has thrown just four Quality Starts.

In the off-season, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said the Mets had expressed interest in acquiring Padilla, as did the Dodgers and Braves.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com believed the Rangers had rejected Omar Minaya’s offer to swap Luis Castillo for Padilla at the Winter Meetings in December.