Vicente Padilla went from swine flu to released...rough life recently. He must have really pissed people off in the Rangers organization, because they're in the middle of a playoff hunt and he's a high-paid mediocre starting pitcher. In 18 starts this season, Padilla posted a 4.98 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 108 innings pitched with a 8-6 record. Rangers will need to plug the 6 innings per start void that his release leaves open. Padilla signed a vastly unwarranted 3 year $33.75M deal before the 2007 season. He has a club option for $12M next season or a $1.75M buyout, so Texas is on the hook for some money yet. In 4 seasons with the Rangers he was 43-34, with a 4.90 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, in 599.1 ip, with 413 k's.
Like I said, he must have pissed someone off...Marlon Byrd- "It's about time. When a player disrupts a team, eventually there is going to come a time when management has enough. They have seen enough. We are fighting for a playoff spot. The last thing we need in the clubhouse is a distraction like that. There are 25 guys in this clubhouse who are behind management on this. They showed that they are serious. They did their job. That just serves as assurance that they are doing the right thing here.”