Startlegram: Padilla deal close

$10 to $11m per.  Git-r-done!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Pitcher Vicente Padilla's agent, Paul Kinzer, said Monday afternoon that the right-hander is close to reaching an agreement to return to the Rangers in a multiyear deal.

"That's where he wants to be," Kinzer said, "so we're trying to get it worked out."

One final sticking point is believed to be whether the Rangers are willing to guarantee a fourth year.

_The asking price for Padilla, like all free agents, has gone up in an escalating market. The final numbers on the contract may well be around four years and $40 million. _