Rangers acquire OF Will Venable from Padres

Baseball Although the non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, the Rangers are still making moves to ready themselves for a playoff push. The club announced Tuesday it had acquired outfielder Will Venable from the Padres in a waiver deal in exchange for minor league catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named. MORE: Why your team's fan base is freaking out | Would a Pirates-Royals World Series be a disaster for baseball?Venable, who is making $4.25 million this season and will be a free agent at season's end, will provide depth for the Texas outfield, which currently is without Josh Hamilton (knee). Venable owned a .258/.318/.378 slash line with six home runs and 11 steals for the Padres this season.   To clear a roster spot for Venable, the Rangers designated outfielder Michael Choice for assignment.The Rangers entered Tuesday's game having won their past five and were one game behind the Orioles for the second wild card in the American League. The Padres have been active in recent days. They put Venable through revocable waivers, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, and they also placed pitchers Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit on waivers, only to pull them back after the two were claimed Tuesday, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported. Kennedy and Benoit now cannot be traded until Sep

tember. Should they find new homes then, they will not be eligible for postseason play. A free agent after the season, Kennedy, a starter, is owed $9.85 million this season and is 3-2 with a 2.63 ERA since the break, but still sports a dismal 4.20 ERA overall. Benoit, a reliever, is 6-4 with a 2.13 ERA and 22 holds this season. He has an $8 million team option with the Padres for 2016.