Royals Sign Scott Podsednik

The Royals finalized their one-year $1.75MM deal with Scott Podsednik today. The contract includes a 2011 club option worth $2MM, but Podsednik can void it if he picks up 525 plate appearances this year. Both the 2010 and 2011 years include incentives worth $250K or more.

Podsednik, who turns 34 before the season starts, will compete with Mitch Maier and perhaps Brian Anderson for playing time in center field. He rates slightly below average on defense, according to UZR/150, but does add some value on offense. He hit .304/.353/.412 for the White Sox last year, stealing 30 bases in 43 attempts.

Royals GM Dayton Moore said last night on 610 Sports Radio that the Royals were close to signing a speedy outfielder. Today, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that Podsednik had a deal and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick confirmed it was with the Royals. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, Sam Mellinger of the KC StarRosenthal and John Marshall of the AP followed up with the details.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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123 Comments on "Royals Sign Scott Podsednik"


5 years 7 months ago

Joey Gathright still available?

I bet it’s him

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

No. Jays signed him a while back.

redsox4120
5 years 7 months ago

nope. he’s with the jays

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 7 months ago

Heh, first thing I thought of.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Knowing Moore, he’s so delusional that he thinks Rick Ankiel is a big-time speedster.

I wouldn’t put it past DM to sign Melvin Mora or something, and claim he’s a speedy outfielder. He’s completely off his rocker. Hell, he might be signing JOHN Rocker to play center field. Or, he could just be giving Jose Guillen another $36MM to try to play two positions simultaneously. Who knows?

Dayton Moore just flat out entertains me. :)

5 years 7 months ago

Podsednik’s not a bad pickup. If he can improve in the field (as he seems to be doing), he could provide some value in the Royals lineup.

5 years 7 months ago

So they might have an OF of DeJesus, Podsednik and Guillen. If thats the case its very good defense in LF and CF.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

I dunno about that. This year’s 1.7 UZR in center was the first that Pods has ever come to being anything other than garbage in CF. And it’s not like he’s got a rocket launcher for an arm, either.

5 years 7 months ago

I guess I was wrong to assume speed equals good defense.

5 years 7 months ago

Yes, you would think so, but all stats aside, Podsednik just doesn’t utilize his speed very well in the outfield. I didn’t consider him a liability when he was with the Sox, but he’s not really great, and he’s probably suited better for a corner than center. He just takes questionable routes to the ball a lot of times, and his arm isn’t very strong, but seems to be getting stronger. He had more assists in ’09 than I’m used to seeing out of him. Brian Anderson on the other hand… WHEW, now there’s a great defender.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah a statue is right field named Jose Guillen. Being a Royals fan, There is no reason why they should be spending big money on a Center Fielder when they arent going to be able to compete anytime soon. It’s just wasting money. I hope that if it were Rick Ankiel that he would have a full healthy season because i do think that he is the best available center fielder on the free agent market. The Royals could also use some offense whether they are able to compete or if they arent going to be able to.

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 7 months ago

I dunno about a very good defense in CF. Scotty Po was a fan favorite when he was a rookie in MIL, but his speed didn’t help his D that much. He would misjudge fly balls and take horrible routes to line drives or deep gappers. I haven’t had a chance to watch him play recently, maybe he got better on D, but I doubt it judging by the relatively small contract he signed. With that said, MIL-town is still rooting for you scotty!

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 7 months ago

I dunno about a very good defense in CF. Scotty Po was a fan favorite when he was a rookie in MIL, but his speed didn’t help his D that much. He would misjudge fly balls and take horrible routes to line drives or deep gappers. I haven’t had a chance to watch him play recently, maybe he got better on D, but I doubt it judging by the relatively small contract he signed. With that said, MIL-town is still rooting for you scotty!

5 years 7 months ago

Yeah Scotty Pods!! This would be a great signing for the Royals. Too bad he kinda sucks on defense but he can sure fly on the base paths.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

yeah, its just too bad he really sucks on those basepaths too.

But thats okay, he so rarely makes it on base that he doesnt have nearly the chances he would like to hurt his clubs with his anti-productive baserunning.

5 years 7 months ago

.350 OBP isn’t someone who RARELY gets on base.

Mule
5 years 7 months ago

Podsednik had a .342 BABIP last season, which accounts for the spike in On-base. His OBP the two years before were .299 and .322.

Red_Line_9
5 years 7 months ago

That OBP was an anomaly. There’s a reason the White Sox didn’t resign him. He’s spent his career struggling with OBP.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

.322, .299, .330, .313 – those are 4 of the 5 seasons leading up to 2009.

And his SB rates are just horrific. 70% (09), 75% (08), 71% (07), 68% (06), 72% (05). Each of those years he was costing his team more then helping them by pitifully refusing to stay on the bases. Here
link to baseballprospectus.com
“If you’re stealing at less than a 75% success rate, you’re better off never going at all.”

When rarely getting on base, and refusing to stay there upwards of 15 times a season, you are a drain on an offense. Combine the two (low OBP plus refusal to stay OB once he makes it) and you watch his OBP-value plummet – .293 (04), .309 (05), .296 (06), .272 (07), .300 (08), .328 (09), .313 (Car). Those pitiful marks are the ob-base rates his teammates received from him to take advantage of.

mccuddy
5 years 7 months ago

I think it’s a little more likely that struggling teams would give him the steal sign rather than a “refusal to stay OB.” Do you actually think players are that independent in their thinking? “Hmm, you know, I think I’ll hit a home run this time.”

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Not sure if you followed the meaning of that. Refusal to stay on base refers to his complete inability to effectively steal, yet insistence on continuing trying.

As far as teams giving a player a green light, it is still up to them to actually get a proper lead, proper jump and a successful steal. Pods is unable to do this, whether told to run by management or not. Plus, a good chunk of his base-running blunders come from him just staring at the clouds and eventually being picked off first.

rlegear
5 years 7 months ago

You failed to note the 10 times that he was picked off or thrown out trying to stretch a hit or advancing on a hit. He is a stupid base runner. These stats do not appear on a regular stat sheet. I had to see it myself to believe it.

Red_Line_9
5 years 7 months ago

I watched him repeatedly make mental mistakes on the bases last season with the White Sox. He’s fast but isn’t a very good base runner. Ankiel would have provided defense and power at the plate.

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

I can only hope that DM is referring to Willie Wilson that traveled 25 years into the future with Doc Brown.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Best name on MLBTR, twenty1thirteen. Just had to say that.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

How about my picture? 2112? :)

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

I’m hip to both!

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

You, sir, are in my good books! Geddy up!

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

Word. I usually post as PJH, but this new comment system and my brain were not getting along tonite.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Whether you’re talking 2112 or 2113… I love both bands. It’s all good with me.

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

Not many people get the 2113 thing. Props, even though you’re a Twins fan, haha.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Nice :)
2112 – Maybe not the best album, but IMO the best song ever.

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

No argument there. I got to see them play the entire record live awhile ago.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Lucky man. So freaking jealous. Hoping for a tour this year. I’ve heard rumors of one. Here’s to hoping!

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

That was back in ’97. No opening band, just all Rush. They were also my first concert with Primus in ’92.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Nice! Favorite Rush album?
C & C definitely influenced by Rush. Love it!

twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

I know it’s pretty cliché, but Moving Pictures. It’s what I grew up listening to as a child, and inspired me to start thumpin’ the bass.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

I’d have to agree.
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
YYZ
Limelight
The Camera Eye
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs

Off the top of my head. All the songs are 5 star songs, I’d say.
BTW, I’m only 23. Didn’t grow up with it. It just kinda stuck with me one day, a couple years back, and now I have all their studio albums, a couple compilations and 3 live tour DVDs. Loving it! Rush will live on forever…

Rootdown
5 years 7 months ago

No song beats closer to the heart.

menaceiisobriety
5 years 7 months ago

Pods wins the hot wife contest. The crew is following suit with Misty May Treanors husband but Pods killed it.

VL*TRiPPYNIGGAZ
5 years 7 months ago

you know its scottie. they sign nothing but ex-sox

5 years 7 months ago

Pods def wins hottie wife game

royaldaddy
5 years 7 months ago

Dear Mr. Glass, Please fire this clown. We are the laughing stock of the league. I think I’m going to wear a brown bag to games that Greinke doesn’t pitch in next year.

Pauly2Face
5 years 7 months ago

No, he’s talking about the guy we used to know as Corey Patterson. He legally changed his name to Speedy Outfielder to trick Dayton Moore into signing him. Genius, really.

TheBunk
5 years 7 months ago

Just spit out my drink, thank you sir.

5 years 7 months ago

Oh, I didn’t know Boras was representing him now…

whitesox823
5 years 7 months ago

royals are collecting ex white sox players it seems

5 years 7 months ago

What about DeRo’s wife?

bigpat
5 years 7 months ago

Kenny Lofton?

AkronHammer
5 years 7 months ago

cmon giants sign podsenik

AkronHammer
5 years 7 months ago

why rnt the giants signing him!!! uuguugggh so hard to be a giants fan

rootman1010
5 years 7 months ago

my guess is the giants go for damon to play left.

in other royal’s news, who will play third and short? gordon at third and betancourt at short? what about mike aviles?

55saveslives
5 years 7 months ago

Why? We need a power bat not a like bat

5 years 7 months ago

Stop with these stupid comments where you whine about the Giants not signing people they should be avoiding. It’s people like you who feed Sabean’s hunger for overrated and overpaid veterans.

royalrevival
5 years 7 months ago

In the same interview, Moore also said something really interesting and I will do by best to quote, but he said the “Royals will end up adding 3 of the top 5 international free agents, with Cuthbert, Arguelles, and one more guy that should come within the.. (can’t remember the timetable he said).”

The only guy who fits the bill is Chapman, can anyone else think of anybody?

danks50
5 years 7 months ago

Dayton Moore is an idiot, for some reason he sees a reason is scooping up the worst White Sox players and trying to assemble an actual team with them. The AL Central should of thrown a party when it was announced this dope was extended and will continue to run the Royals into the ground through 2014!

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

Podsednik CF
DeJesus LF
Guillen RF
Butler 1B
Gordon 3B
Fields DH
Aviles SS
Getz 2B
Kendall C

yuck-o….

royalsfanhaha
5 years 7 months ago

That actually isn’t a horrible lineup. We have had worse.

5 years 7 months ago

I’m kind of a closet Royals fan cept when they are playing my one true baseball love the Minnesota Twins. It’s something about the small market team from the midwest that has a home town charm that truly exemplifies why I simply love the game and always will.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

2010 Royals 5-year OBP marks (or career marks for under 5-year players):CA – .336 – Kendall1B – .346 – Butler2B – .323 – Gets3B – .331 – GordonSS – .298 – Betancourt LF – .357 – DeJesusCF – .308 – Podsednik (that is Caught Stealing adjusted from .338 since Pods just absolutely refuses to stay on those bases once he somehow gets there)RF – .322 – GuillenDH – .302 – FieldsIF – .322 – AvilesIF – .328 – MaierBC – .290 – PenaOF – .260 – ThormanOF – .290 – B. AndersonTwo things stand out1 – This is a Dusty dream team if…2 – DeJesus and Butler are probably going to be traded; they just don’t fit in with this club at all. Look for maybe Garret Anderson (.319 ) and Hank Blalock (.318) to take their places

jwkc
5 years 7 months ago

Butler is not going anywhere, and Moore has stated that multiple times. DeJesus is on the block, but they aren’t going to trade him unless they get something worthy in return.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

woosh

rootman1010
5 years 7 months ago

where is callaspo? he’s gotta be on the bench if not in the lineup over getz… mitch maier is an outfielder… how did you miss that one? scott thorman is best as a first baseman and will play very little outfield

rootman1010
5 years 7 months ago

no willie bloomquist?

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

yeah, did that right before bed and seems I made some personnel mistakes.Bench choices areBC – .290 – PenaIF – .341 – CallaspoIF – .328 – MaierOF – .322 – AvilesOF – .260 – ThormanOF – .290 – B. AndersonI/O – .319 – Bloomquist

Which no wonder the Royals were talking about trading Callaspo for a 4A catcher – his OBP is just too high!