Free agent Benito Santiago intends to play in 2006 and his agent, Gregg Clifton, said the Padres are his first choice.
Benito Santiago opted out of his contract with the Mets.
Mets signed catcher Benito Santiago to a minor league contract.
Benito Santiago has cleared waivers and is a free agent.
Pirates released catcher Benito Santiago.
The Pirates have still not activated Benito Santiago, even though he says he's fine and has been eligible to come off the DL since Saturday.
Benito Santiago may return to action for the Pirates today in Phoenix.
Benito Santiago, who was eligible to be activated today, has refused to go on a rehab assignment.
Benito Santiago has lost about 10 pounds due to a viral infection that landed him on the DL.
Pirates placed catcher Benito Santiago on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a viral infection.
Benito Santiago missed his third straight game with the flu yesterday.
Benito Santiago hasn't played this weekend due to flu-like symptoms.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said it is ''highly likely'' that Benito Santiago will get the day off at catcher today.
Benito Santiago thinks he can have a big impact on Pittsburgh's pitching staff this season.