Scott Podsednik has declined his half of a mutual option, making him a free agent as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers earlier exercised their half, which would have brought Scotty Po back to town on a $2 million pact. Podsednik, traded to the Dodgers from Kansas City to replace Manny Ramirez, hit for a meaguer .262/.313/.336 line in L.A over 160 plate appearances. However, for the Royals, he was enjoying a fine season at .310/.353/.400 in 435 PA, stealing 35 bases in all.
Podsednik also had a fine year in 2009 for the White Sox, returning to a team that he won a World Series ring with in 2005 after his production had faded the previous three years.
The Dodgers likely would have used Podsednik as a fourth outfielder if their offseason had gone planned, as the 34-year-old is in-between being viable enough as a starter and a certain future as a backup.
Podsednik should be able to find a landing spot somewhere starting in 2011 for more than $2 million, but finding a multi-year deal seems unlikely.
-- Evan Brunell
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