Padres lose one minor leaguer

The San Diego Padres had placed a priority on re-signing Nick Trzesniak but were not willing to meet the money that the Texas Rangers threw at the catcher.

Nick Trzesniak signed with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, netting a deal that will pay him $12K/month guaranteed with an invite to Big League camp.

According to a league source, the deal blew away any other offers even after the Trzesniak camp went back to the Padres to give them one last go at bringing him back in the fold.

Trzesniak is noted for his work behind the plate defensively and emerged in 2005 with the stick. After hitting .249 in the Southern League, Trzesniak batted .380 over 24 games in Triple-A Portland.

It will be interesting to see if the Padres bring in another catcher to take over regular duties in Portland or move highly touted catching prospect George Kottaras up to Triple-A. Kottaras played in just 29 games for Double-A Mobile last year.

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