Podsednik Declines Option, Becomes A Free Agent

Scott Podsednik declined his side of his mutual option with the Dodgers and will hit free agency. The Dodgers exercised their side of the option for $2MM two days ago, but Podsednik topped 525 plate appearances this year, so his contract gave him the choice between a $2MM salary or free agency.

Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported (on Twitter) that Podsednik turned down his side of the option and MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported on Twitter that the Dodgers picked up theirs.

Podsednik, 35 in March, hit .297/.342/.382 in 595 plate appearances for the Royals and Dodgers this year.  He spent most of his time in left field, tallying 1078.6 innings there.  Given the weak free agent market for left fielders after Carl Crawford, it's not surprising that Podsednik chose free agency.


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56 Comments on "Podsednik Declines Option, Becomes A Free Agent"


moonraker45
4 years 10 months ago

He
Will
Void

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 10 months ago

To play LF or off the bench?

BlueSkyLA
4 years 10 months ago

He’s journeyman outfielder nearing the twilight of his career… with the guarantee to earn next season about as much as he’s earned in any year of his career to date. I say he’s not a lock to void that option. He’d sure look and feel like a fool if he ended up with less, which is a distinct possibility.

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

Would he be serviceable in right field? I haven’t seen much of Podsednik, but the Cardinals could use a decent average and speed in the lineup. Holliday has said before he would be willing to switch to right, but it would seem like too much of a risk just to bring in Podsednik.

grabarkewitz
4 years 10 months ago

Not if you value defense. Scotty Pods makes Juan Pierre look like he has a rocket arm and Pods is not exactly going to get too many votes for the Golden Glove. He has some range, but he got some awful jumps the times I saw him play. Might be better off with resigning Winn. At least he can still go get the ball and his arm is still decent.

He used to play center, so I’d say he could make the switch. UZR rates his defense as just okay over his career.

BrocNessMonster
4 years 10 months ago

Decent average doesn’t mean anything when the guy has no power. When a hitter has no power, you have to look at his OBP. .342 isn’t too bad, but when you factor in poor arm and defense, I’d stay away from him.

stl_cards16
4 years 10 months ago

Would he be serviceable in right field? I haven’t seen much of Podsednik, but the Cardinals could use a decent average and speed in the lineup. Holliday has said before he would be willing to switch to right, but it would seem like too much of a risk just to bring in Podsednik.

grabarkewitz
4 years 10 months ago

I am hedging that Scotty Pods passes on the sure thing and hopes someone will overpay for him. The Giants were interested at the deadline and with the likelihood that both Ross and Burrell are gone, I can see the Giants taking a shot at him. Not really shocked that Ned picked up the option, it was a bad move, but Ned will never let production and statistics get in the way of justifying a bad move by making an even worse move. I am getting the same feeling that he will offer Theriot a contract because admitting he screwed the pooch is not in Ned’s mindset.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 9 months ago

Why would the Giants lose Ross? He’s still arbitration eligible.

grabarkewitz
4 years 10 months ago

I am hedging that Scotty Pods passes on the sure thing and hopes someone will overpay for him. The Giants were interested at the deadline and with the likelihood that both Ross and Burrell are gone, I can see the Giants taking a shot at him. Not really shocked that Ned picked up the option, it was a bad move, but Ned will never let production and statistics get in the way of justifying a bad move by making an even worse move. I am getting the same feeling that he will offer Theriot a contract because admitting he screwed the pooch is not in Ned’s mindset.

Jason Klinger
4 years 10 months ago

He’ll absolutely void, and he should. I hope the Phillies take a long look at him after they lose Werth.

Guest
4 years 10 months ago

Pods is garbage. Why would he void? Hes guaranteed more than 2 million on the open market?

gigantes2425
4 years 10 months ago

With the lack of outfielders this offseason. Yes.

4 years 9 months ago

Sorry I disagree with that he is not garbage with the numbers he posted there are several teams looking for potential leadoff guys and his on base was not terrible and his batting average was pretty decent. This might be someone the Reds go after to lead off and share time with Johnny Gomes in LF. Its not the best choice out there but it is something I bet the Reds will consider.

4 years 10 months ago

He should void. he can earn more money, with the weak LF lcass and everything, and even if his defense i sub-par he still gives you speed, versatility, and a great clubhouse presence.

4 years 10 months ago

He should void. he can earn more money, with the weak LF lcass and everything, and even if his defense i sub-par he still gives you speed, versatility, and a great clubhouse presence.

BrocNessMonster
4 years 10 months ago

Clubhouse presence??? F*ck performance, we need more of that to win games. Some gritty veteran presence and no talent. Hell yes!
Wait, the Dodgers had plenty of that, Theriot, Anderson, Pods… we didn’t win a damn thing.

rockfordone
4 years 10 months ago

Pods is horrible in OF – 2M is a gift – He is saying “where do I sign”

BrocNessMonster
4 years 9 months ago

I was gonna agree, but now I see he’s declined. Still, he’s not good. Crazy to turn down $2MM. I think you may have misinterpreted my sarcasm.

BrocNessMonster
4 years 10 months ago

Clubhouse presence??? F*ck performance, we need more of that to win games. Some gritty veteran presence and no talent. Hell yes!
Wait, the Dodgers had plenty of that, Theriot, Anderson, Pods… we didn’t win a damn thing.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 10 months ago

I get it. Podsednik is a bum not worth ten cents and he should void his option because he can easily earn more then $2 million. Never let it be said that baseball fans can agree on anything.

Dave Pomerantz
4 years 10 months ago

Exactly. Any kind of performance metric shows him to be at best slightly below average – but there are plenty of GMs like Ned Colletti out there who value his grittyheartyspeediness over things like… ya know… performance.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 10 months ago

I get it. Podsednik is a bum not worth ten cents and he should void his option because he can easily earn more then $2 million. Never let it be said that baseball fans can agree on anything.

dusto
4 years 10 months ago

OH VOMITY-PUKEYNESS!!!!!!!!!

Ian_Smell
4 years 10 months ago

What does this even mean?

dusto
4 years 10 months ago

OH VOMITY-PUKEYNESS!!!!!!!!!

melonis_rex
4 years 10 months ago

He’s not going to void. His agent would be utterly stupid to advise him to void the option.

4 years 10 months ago

Your baseball skills are lacking, sir.

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

What would’ve happened if the White Sox had not signed him to a minor leauge deal in April ’09? He completely revived his career.

DodgerLover
4 years 9 months ago

What about making a run at jayson werth

markjsunz
4 years 9 months ago

All the Dodgers money went to lawyers, there is no money for type A free agents. The Dodgers did announce a price increase of there Dodger dogs,You know those mouth watering goodies made from hoofs, rectums, and other bi parts. Eastern most in flavor, western most in freshness. They now will grill them for you. That is the big off season change.

Gumby65
4 years 9 months ago

Funny thing with Werth is that Dodger money could have gone to Werth’s lawyers had he decided to sue LA’s medical staff for the bungled handling of the broken wrist (he almost did). Can’t see Werth going back to LA.

BrocNessMonster
4 years 9 months ago

Ha. He won’t come back here. Plus, big $ FA deals rarely work out for the Dodgers.