Rockies May Find Podsednik, Taveras Expendable

On Tuesday, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle hinted that Ryan Spilborghs would begin to receive more playing time in center field.  As a result, Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post says the futures of Scott Podsednik and Willy Taveras are in question.

It might make sense to keep Podsednik around as the resident speedy extra outfielder.  However Pods is hitting just .222/.311/.311 in 103 plate appearances despite a solid April.  Renck says the Cubs might have renewed interest if Jim Edmonds doesn’t work out.  He says the Cubs have a "working list of potential available left-handed bats" as a contingency plan.  One other Cubs-Rockies note – Ken Rosenthal says that despite his initial report, the Cubs do not have interest in Brian Fuentes.

Taveras, 26, is at .233/.288/.272 in 224 PAs.  That’s quite a downturn from last year. He earns nearly $2MM this year and has two more seasons of arbitration-eligibility.  He’s a trade candidate, though it’d be hard to sell much lower.


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