The Rangers, who are frontrunners for free-agent left-hander Barry Zito, have agreed to terms with their own free agent, Vicente Padilla on a three-year, $34-million package. Meanwhile, the Padres are close to signing Greg Maddux, who has a home in the San Diego area.
Padilla was linked to the Mets, but Texas had the inside track all along.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are close to signing former Yankee lefthander Ted Lilly. We’re talking $9 million to $11 million a season as the speculated numbers.
Also, if the Mets are interested in Gil Meche, they’d better hurry. He appears headed to Toronto. Mets GM Omar Minaya said he hasn’t been in contact with him.