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.

The Giants are considering Pablo Sandoval at second base

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Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.

It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.

Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.