The Padres have claimed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Virgil Vasquez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Vasquez started 27 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 12-12 with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has also pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in his major league career in which he is 0-1 with a 8.64 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP. This was a good low risk/high reward move for the Padres as Vasquez was once a very highly thought of prospect in the system of the Detroit Tigers.
UPDATE: The Padres have designated Vasquez for assignment but they hope he will clear waivers and stay with the team.
UPDATE II: The Padres have lost Vasquez on waivers to the Pirates.