According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez has been released, meaning the deal that sent Vicente Padilla to Texas generated nothing in return.
This is the team's second move in a head-scratching 24 hours. Aquilino Lopez, a struggling relief pitcher, was traded for two prospects, while Rodriguez, who could conceivably latch on somewhere in a starting rotation, was not traded for anything.
No matter how much the Padilla trade was about saving money or ridding the team of a headache, this is a real blunder for Pat Gillick. There's no excuse for not getting something better in return, even a bag of baseballs.
At least he's not afraid to cut his losses.