Cody Decker had spent the first seven years of his professional career in the San Diego Padres organization and he finally reached the big leagues with a late September call-up.

Now, he will have a chance to explore free agency for the first time since being drafted in the 22nd round in 2009.

The Padres outrighted Decker to Triple-A El Paso yesterday, and then he cleared waivers. So, the Chihuahuas' fan favorite could sign with another organization by as early as this weekend. Decker hit .252 for El Paso last season with 21 home runs and 75 RBIs. He hit a total of 48 home runs in two seasons with the Chihuahuas and made regular guest appearances on the Keith Olbermann Show.