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.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa part ways

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The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month.

La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when the club fired his hand-picked general manager Dave Stewart and brought in Mike Hazen to run the club a year ago. La Russa was stripped of his powers, but was told he could hang around as an advisor. Most didn’t think he’d actually take the club up on that offer, but he did. By all accounts he was a pretty unobtrusive presence around the team this year, offering counsel and insight when asked but not making things awkward the way having the old boss around might do.

I suppose that can only last so long, however. The Dbacks had considerably more success without La Russa in charge in 2017 than they had with him in charge the previous couple of years. At some point you just part ways. That point is now.