As a Padre fan, that is very good news. The 6 you resigned are nothing to be excited about. I think you need to add Kurt Ainsworth and Damion Moss to that list as well, they were traded to the O's for Ponson. The guys you are letting go are old, but helped this team get to the playoffs. As for signing Vlad, where did you get the source that the Giants were interested?
Here is a list from espn insider of guys the Giants are looking for as replacements:
Jose Guillen, Sterling Hitchcock, Jeromy Burnitz, Mike Cameron, Todd Walker, Rafael Palmeiro and Jeff Suppan
However each of these guys have about 4-5 other teams considering them as well.
[list]Classic Jerry Colmanisms
[*]"Montreal leads Atlanta by three, 5-1."
[*]"They throw Winfield out at second, but he's safe."
[*]"Johnny Grubb slides into second with a standup double."[/list:u]