Tag:Scott Podsednik
Posted on: December 20, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Angels interested in Podsednik

PodsednikWell, that's one way to replace Carl Crawford.

FOX Sports's Ken Rosenthal reveals that the Angels are talking to Scott Podsednik about joining the AL squad as opposed to returning to the Dodgers.

After losing out on Crawford, L.A. is looking for a left fielder that could lead off. While Podsednik hit poorly as a Dodger after coming over July 28 (.262/.313/.336 in 160 plate appearances), he did crank to the tune of a .310/.353/.400 line in 435 PA for the Royals. He also had a .353 OBP in 587 PA for the White Sox in 2009 and stole a combined 65 bases across the two seasons so would make sense as a leadoff man even as he enters his age-35 year.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Dodgers want an outfielder

Bill Hall Stop me if you've heard this one before -- team seeking left fielder, preferably a right-handed hitter, interested in Matt Diaz, Bill Hall (pictured), Scott Hairston and Jeff Francoeur.

Yeah, not exactly Earth-shattering, but CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller is hearing the Dodgers are among the teams looking at that group of players for that position.

With Manny Ramirez gone and Scott Podsednik now a free agent, they don't have an incumbent at that outfield spot and need some help.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 4:47 pm
 

Podsednik elects to become free agent

Podsednik 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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Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Dodgers pick up Podsednik's option

Scott Podsednik The Dodgers have exercised their $2 million option on Scott Podsednik, but the outfielder acquired from Kansas City at the trade deadline can void the option due to making more than 525 plate appearances in 2010.

The Royals signed Podsednik as a free agent before the season to a one-year deal worth $1.65 million plus bonuses. He played well for the Royals (.310/.353/.400 with five home runs and 30 stolen bases) before being traded to the Dodgers on July 28. In 39 games with the Dodgers, he hit .262/.313/.336 with five stolen bases.

It's likely he'll opt to decline his option and test his worth on the free market.

Podsednik turns 35 next March.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:33 am
 

R.I.P. Royals: Help is on the way

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Kansas City Royals

Oh Royals, through the 70s and 80s, the team was the model franchise. Since the turn of the century, the team's only been a punchline. That wasn't much different in 2010.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Yuniesky Betancourt Ewing Kauffman died in 1993. That's been the reason for the last 17 years of failure.

Oh, on the field? This year? Beyond Yuniesky Betancourt (pictured) being the team's shortstop? OK, Zack Greinke took a step back from his Cy Young 2009. Worse, he looked like another guy in a Royals uniform -- and that's not a good thing. Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

How about Bruce Chen? Chen was 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA (the same as Greinke) -- but if you're looking long-term success, you're not betting on Chen.

Other positives? Joakim Soria may have been the best closer in the game, even if he didn't have too many games to close. Soria finished with 43 saves, a 1.78 ERA and 71 strikeouts and 16 walks in 65 2/3 innings.

The team also got rid of overpaid veterans like Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Guillen, Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel.

HELP ON THE WAY

Oh, is there ever.

Mike Moustakas The Royals have the deepest minor league system in the majors. Of Baseball America's 15-man Minor League All-Star Team, a full third were Royals.

The Royals are deep in position players (first baseman Eric Hosmer, catcher Wil Myers and third baseman Mike Moustakas (pictured)) and pitchers (lefty starters John Lamb and Mike Montgomery, reliever Tim Collins).

That's the good news, the bad news is with all this talent, it's still not ready for the big leagues in 2011, maybe 2012.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Same as they always are in Kansas City -- grim. As noted, there's help on the way and maybe some of those guys can make their debut late in the season, but this won't be the season for the Royals to make a move. There is a brighter days ahead, but they aren't in the 10-day forecast.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Don't raise ticket prices, because it's going to be another long year.

Greinke has started griping about not wanting to wait around for the Royals to get better, but he's still under contract through 2012. There's no reason to trade him this offseason, his value is lower than it should be and the asking price will be better in 2011 -- either at the trade deadline or after the season.

The Royals have already picked up the $6 million club option for outfielder David DeJesus, and he'll certainly bring something at the trade deadline next year.

There will certainly be plenty of suitors trying to pick up Soria, who is under team control through 2014. Listen, but unless bowled over for a deal, he's too valuable and under control for too long to move.

No fan is going to want to hear that they need patience, but there is actually hope for the Royals after so long without it. If half their prospects turn out as expected, they'll be the new Rays.

2011 PREDICTION

Same as it ever was. The Royals will be out of the picture by the All-Star break, and Ned Yost may even worry about his job. The only drama in September will be whether this team loses 100 games. But this time next year, there may be some excitement for 2012.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:26 pm
 

Dodgers shut down Podsednik

Scott Podsednik The Dodgers have shut Scott Podsednik down for the season with plantar fasciitis , Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports .

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times had previously reported skipper Joe Torre saying Podsednik would be out two weeks. However, with three weeks remaining in the season and the Dodgers out of the postseason race, there is little reason to rush the left fielder back and risk injury.

Podsednik, 34, was acquired from the Royals earlier in the season to replace Manny Ramirez when the slugger went on the disabled list. He retained his job even with Ramirez back in the fold and posted a .262/.313/.336 line over 160 plate appearances with five stolen bases. However, his season went far better in K.C. with a .310/.353/.400 mark in 435 PA with 30 swiped bags.

The Dodgers hold a $2 million option on Scotty Po for 2011, which is a tremendously affordable mark. At that salary, Los Angeles could either start Podsednik or bring him off the bench as a fourth outfielder.

For the rest of the season, the Dodgers will go with an amalgam of Jay Gibbons, Trent Oeltjen and Reed Johnson in left.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Dodgers land Podsednik

<br /> <img alt="Scott Podsednik" src="http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/mlb/photogallery/072810podsednik2.jpg" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" width="204" height="256" /> The Royals have traded outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers, ESPN's Jayson Stark tweets</a> .<br /> <br /> Podsednik, 34, has hit in 15 straight games, including two hits in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Twins. He's hitting .310/.353/.400 with five homers and 44 RBI, as well as 30 stolen bases.<br /> <br /> Podsednik had been rumored to have garnered strong interest from the National League West, with the Dodgers and Padres also rumored to have discussed him.<br /> <br /> The Dodgers aren't sure what they'll get from Manny Ramirez the rest of the season and currently having Xavier Paul and Garrett Anderson manning left field. Podsednik can step right in and upgrade the team's offense.<br /> <br /> <strong>UPDATE: </strong> The Royals will get Triple-A catcher Lucas May and Class A right-hander Elisaul Pimentel, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! tweets</a> .<br /> <br /> -- C. Trent Rosecrans<br /> <em><br /> For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb</a> on Twitter.</em> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Posted on: July 27, 2010 5:54 pm
 

Time runs out on McLouth

Nate McLouth
The Braves have decided they can't wait any longer for Nate McLouth to prove he can get things turned around, optioning their center fielder to Triple-A Gwinnett.

McLouth, 28, was batting just .168 on the season and was 1-for-15 in five games since returning from a June head injury suffered in a collision with Jason Heyward. He missed nearly six weeks, and has been completely lost at the plate since coming back July 21.

McLouth is in the second year of a three-year, $15.75 million contract.

The Braves have recalled Brent Clevlen from a rehab assignment to take McLouth's spot on the roster, but he's probably just keeping the seat warm until Gregor Blanco can come back from Gwinnett. Blanco, who has batted .310 in 36 games with the Braves this season, was sent to Gwinnett last week and rules say can't be recalled until he's been down 10 days. That's four days from now.

So what now for the first-place Braves? Melky Cabrera has been sharing time with Matt Diaz in left, but can play center full-time and leave Diaz, who's hot at the plate, more playing time. There are outfielders on the block, but perhaps nobody except Scott Podsednik who could play center.

-- David Andriesen

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