Rangers' Padilla reportedly placed on waivers

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Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that the Rangers have placed Vicente Padilla on waivers.

That the Rangers appear to be open to giving up a pitcher who is 17-11
since the beginning of last season without getting anything in return
could be a sign of just how deep owner Tom Hicks’ financial woes
run. Padilla has only occasionally pitched up to his talent in his
career, but he was quite an asset in two of his first three seasons in
Texas and the team is 6-3 in his starts this year, even if two
shellings have left him with a 5.57 ERA.

Rosenthal’s report has Padilla on outright waivers, meaning the
Rangers would be unable to pull him back if there’s a team willing to
take on the approx. $8 million he’s owed for the rest of the year, as
well as the $1.75 million buyout of his $12 million club option in
2010. However, it seems unlikely that any club would be willing to
spend that much money. If there’s some behind the scenes stuff here and
the Rangers are committed to getting rid of him, then a trade seems
likely, with the team kicking in at least $3 million-$4 million or
taking on a rather expensive player in return. If the Rangers are fine
with keeping him in their rotation, then it’s likely that Padilla would
hang around after clearing waivers.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.