According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, free agent Vicente Padilla has signed a three-year, $34 million dollar deal to return to the Texas Rangers. This deal affects the Mets in two ways:
- The Mets can't sign Padilla. They were rumored to have interest in the former Phillie, but now he appears to be off the market.
- The Rangers may no longer be able to pursue Barry Zito
All told, the Rangers (or the Mets) could have done far worse than Padilla (see: Adam Eaton). He turned 29 in September, his career 2:1 strikeout-to-walk rate is respectable, and he limits the homeruns allowed, a huge bonus in a park like Arlington.