The Braves, Dodgers and Mets are believed to be among teams that have inquired about Rangers starting pitchers Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla. Both pitchers provide viable, reasonably cost-effective options in case those teams strike out on the free-agent market. Each has one year remaining on his current contract.
All three of those teams are chasing bigger names, but there's no guarantee they can sign them. The Braves are looking at A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe (plus they inquired about a trade for Jake Peavy), the Mets are believed to have inquired about Lowe, Randy Wolf and Jon Garland and the Dodgers have recently joined the CC Sabathia sweepstakes.
Millwood, a member of the Braves from 1997-2002, was 9-10 with a 5.07 ERA last season and is 142-111 lifetime. Padilla was 14-8 last season with a 4.74 ERA (not too terrible in that hitters' park in Texas) and is 86-79 lifetime. The Braves might have a hard time outbidding teams from the Northeast for their two free-agent targets, so Millwood or Padilla could make sense for them.