Blue Jays Sign Scott Podsednik

8:20pm: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Podsednik will earn $1MM if he makes the team (Twitter link). Declining the option with the Dodgers definitely didn't work out the way he would have liked.

3:01pm: The Blue Jays have signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced. The 34-year-old speedster joins the Blue Jays after back-to-back solid seasons spent in Chicago, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Sports One Athlete Management represents the Blue Jays' new addition.

Podsednik posted a .297/.342/.382 line in 595 plate appearances for the Royals and Dodgers last year. He stole 35 bases (50 attempts) so, along with fellow newcomer Rajai Davis, he'll help manager John Farrell realize his goal of creating a well-rounded offense instead of a homer-centric one.

Podsednik, a ten-year veteran, figures to be in competition with Davis and Juan Rivera for playing time. A left-handed hitter, Podsednik will provide Farrell with alternatives to Davis and Rivera, who both bat from the right side.

The Dodgers didn't offer Podsednik arbitration after the season, so they don't gain a pick for losing the Type B free agent. Podsednik turned down his side of his mutual option with the Dodgers after the team picked its side up for $2MM. Unless his minor league deal with Toronto is an unusually lucrative one, Podsednik would have obtained more guaranteed money by exercising his option back in November.


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162 Comments on "Blue Jays Sign Scott Podsednik"


4 years 6 months ago

A well predicted and good move from AA

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

After a rather productive last two seasons offensively, I’m suprised he only got a minor league deal.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 6 months ago

He can’t throw or hit for power. You don’t want zero power coming from LF. Probably the only reason his SLG is higher than his avg is the gappers and his speed. But he is a fast runner and consistent to boot. You would think a speed-desperate team would pick him up.

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

this is perfect fit for the Jays if he makes the team he should get the starting nod over rivera…with him and/ or davis at the top of the order batting 1-2 it gives the mashers more guys to bring in. The jays didnt need more power even with the loss of inconsistent wells out pods is s good signing for them

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

Itll be davis , escobar in the 1-2 spots and pods as the 4th Of, rivera will start in left/right unless traded, and yes im the Jays Gm.

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

why would you want rivera to start? he is bad defensively, does not hit for average, does not get on base and cant run at all

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

Rivera’s obp is only 10 points below pods for his career, but Rivera’s ops is about 80 points higher then pods, and in the hitter freindly park of rogers centre im taking rivera’s power over pods speed.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

“You don’t want zero power coming from LF”

Rajai Davis, Brett Gardner and Juan Pierre, all starting LFers who had a lower sluggging percentage than Posednik. I’d probably take any of the 3 on my team. Are their LFers I’d take over them? Sure, but just because they don’t hit for much power doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable in LF.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 6 months ago

Never said he wasn’t valuable, but at such an easy position, you can easily get a guy with a better OPS, so it seems like a waste. If you NEED speed that bad, then yeah sign one of those guys. I wouldn’t mind seeing Pods and Nix working LF and the bench for a team, but they both ended up signing minor league contracts. Both were guys I thought would get a Major League contract.

MapleWood29
4 years 6 months ago

Minor league deal can’t hurt

Brad
4 years 6 months ago

Minor league deal? That’s insulting for him. He’s performed well the last two years.

Janssen
4 years 6 months ago

Must be all he was getting.

Brad
4 years 6 months ago

Pretty disappointing.

Janssen
4 years 6 months ago

He turned down a 2M option with the Dodgers to hit the market. He’s likely to make a big league roster, unlike a lot of guys. Seems like the way things are going. You hit your mid-30s and unless you are an A-list star it can be hard to find a job.

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

thats 2 years ina row pods has been offered a good major league deal for a team and tuned it down… he turned down the whitesox 1 maybe 2 year deal and he turned down the dodgers deal thinking both times he would get more money and more years…cant blame him for wanting more security but he should have played his cards better

Yankee_Baal
4 years 6 months ago

He has had two good years, but was lousy in 06, 07 and 08. This track record and his age doesn’t help. Plus, he has valued himself badly in the market, so… it’s not so much a tendency as a series of bad circumstances.

Furge
4 years 6 months ago

Who cares if he deserves more. Thats a bargain for the Jays. Good job AA!

PostMoBills
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, I would’ve thought somebody out there would give him a major league contract.

4 years 6 months ago

Didn’t he have a players option and decline a decent amount of cash last fall?

4 years 6 months ago

nm, found it. Declined $2M in November.

theophilus166
4 years 6 months ago

yeah. It was a mutual 2 million dollar option with the Dodgers. The Dodgers picked it up, but he declined. I guess this is what he gets for that move…

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

watch yourself Raja!

BlueJaysFTW
4 years 6 months ago

Rajai not going anywhere. More like watch out Rivera.

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

exactly

Jason Klinger
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah – Rivera is as good as gone with this move.

4 years 6 months ago

Agreed. Rivera would be helpful in Pittsburgh, Washington, or Los Angeles.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 6 months ago

Jays should give Rivera back to the Angels and a large double-double for that $5mil CND.

Sniderlover
4 years 6 months ago

I think they will both stay but it could turn into a platoon situation.

Patterson/Mastroianni, Molina and McDonald can be the other bench players.

rzepczynski
4 years 6 months ago

more like byebye corey patterson

blizzah
4 years 6 months ago

If Pod could still play a respectable CF, then you may be right, but he can’t/

Furge
4 years 6 months ago

What are you talking about? He hit just under .300 last season and had 35 SBs. Now that he’s out of KC i’m expecting his run total and his RBI rate to increase over last season.

inleylandwetrust
4 years 6 months ago

He means defensively (I assume), and with his -66.1 UZR/150 in 2010 he is correct.

goredsgo
4 years 6 months ago

How does Nick Punto and Scott Hairston manage to get MLB deals but Podsednik cant??? Guess he didnt have much of a choice at this point though.

4 years 6 months ago

I think he waited out a non-existent market. I hear you though.

damnitsderek
4 years 6 months ago

In Punto’s case, it was his defense.

Hairston, though. Well, that’s a mystery for the Hardly Boys.

4 years 6 months ago

His career line is .279, .340, .381, .721

His 2010 line: .297, .342, .382, .724, 35 SB

So it is a bit surprising that he only got a minor-league deal, but he’s below average at just about every aspect of the game aside from his speed, so it’s not entirely surprising.

TdotsFinest
4 years 6 months ago

Absolutely love this deal! Podsednik bats leadoff against righties while Davis bats 9th and against lefties, Davis bats leadoff with Podsednik 9th. This team is gonna be fast!!! 35 stolen bases for Podsednik and 50 for Davis last year.

4 years 6 months ago

Does this mean Rajai Davis has to look over his shoulders or is AA working on a deal that would send Rivera somewhere for a 3b option? Landing Bautista in RF where he should be!

4 years 6 months ago

Don’t forget about Travis Snider, if anything this move cements that Bautista will be at 3rd come opening day.

4 years 6 months ago

The Jays just solidified its base stealing even more now, with Davis, Pods, Bautista, Snider, Escobar and Hill stealing, while Lind, Bautista, Hill, Rivera, and Snider providing the power, the only question is can Arencebia live up to his power?

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

davis , pods, and to some degree escobar are the only real sb threats, hill bautista, snider arent going to add many.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Snider could be a 20 base stealer..

Escobar isn’t ask quick on the paths.

4 years 6 months ago

Agree, Snider’s speed is very under rated but since he lost weight last year he is surprisingly fast.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

He told me his trick is to picture a bacon burger at second base before he swipes a bag

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 6 months ago

He should share that trick with the entire Detroit Tigers organization not named Austin Jackson.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 6 months ago

Benji Molina uses the same technique. Problem is he’s used it too much to beat out lines at the buffet.

sports33
4 years 6 months ago

Whoa guys. Hold on a second, Bengie hit a triple last year. I’ll admit I had to pause the game because I was laughing too hard, but let’s give him some credit.

rzepczynski
4 years 6 months ago

seems high to me… i agree he is a lot faster then he is given credit tho

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

If Molina stole 1 base last year, Snider can steal 20 easily IMO

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 6 months ago

Bautista is someone I think could steal some bags too. Not 20, but maybe 13-15. In the last couple years he’s stolen bases at a 85% clip in limited chances [little playing time in 2009, too many home runs in 2010].

4 years 6 months ago

Yunel Escobar will never be a stolen base threat. He’s got tremendous range at SS, but he’s pretty slow compared to other SS’s and is a flat-out terrible baserunner. It’s best to not even send him. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him run towards the right-field corner on an attempt at some point…

NomarGarciaparra
4 years 6 months ago

How does Poodsednik only get a minor league deal? He’s hit around .300 for the past 2 seasons!!!

4 years 6 months ago

I know, he’s Rickey Henderson himself compared to the last two seasons of your Los Angeles and Oakland days!

blizzah
4 years 6 months ago

Price is right AA!

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 6 months ago

Good call riding out of LA on that high horse after opting out of that contract, Scotty 😉

BrocNessMonster
4 years 6 months ago

So glad he did. We’d have half the left handed platoon options in MLB on the roster by now if he hadn’t.

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Yikes, times must be tough for the free agents. I can’t believe he couldn’t score a major league deal, but it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll be seeing major league playing time anyway, especially if AA can move Rivera.

okbluejays
4 years 6 months ago

Even though I hate Pods, and think Davis is a better player at this point anyways….this isn’t a bad move just because it’s low risk/medium reward, especially since it’s a minor league deal.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

This is really not a big signing. He deserved a minor league deal. He’s going to be a good 51.

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

at this point, wouldn’t he make the team?

c- arencibia/molina
1b/dh – lind/EE
2b – hill
3b – bautista
ss-escobar
IF – mcdonald
OF – david, snider, rivera, pods.

who else am i missing? regardless though, it seems like he’ll have a spot, no?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

He sure might, but he’ll easily make a fraction of an impact. 51 quality

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe he could platoon with Rivera in LF? Though I’d probably rather just stick Rivera out there for the whole season..I guess just a solid 4th OF

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Bautista/Davis/Snider. Do the Jays really carry a 5th outfielder with a 4 man bench?

BlueJaysFTW
4 years 6 months ago

What in the world would ever make you think Bautista is playing in the OF this year? Snider/Davis/Podsednik – Patterson/Rivera

4 years 6 months ago

I sure hope that is not the outfield the Jays run out there. That is not good.

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

You dont follow the Jays apparently because bautista is playing 3rd at the moment, and Pods is an upgrade over Patterson for the 4th OF spot , if you dont agree your crazy.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Who would you rather have in the lineup? Lawrie or Rivera?

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Lawrie isn’t ready.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

You want to bet?

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Yes I do, he’s 20 years, and only played 2 years of pro ball

AA didn’t call up Drabek instead he struggled through Eveland, Tallet and Litsch starting
He didn’t call up Arencibia to help out offensively even though his bat was ready
He even left Snider down in the minors longer than he had to be.

He’s made no indication of rushing players to the majors so far. Explain to me how you would win that bet.

**edit, I’m not counting september call ups

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

You’re comparing apples and oranges. You’ll believe me when it happens

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Lawrie isn’t God, Snider was as highly touted as him at the same age.

Snider was rushed to the majors and AA even said that he didn’t like the way the previous regime handled Snider’s first years. Also with the jays not seriously competing this year, I doubt they let his clock start ticking

4 years 6 months ago

Snider was higher touted than Lawrie.

Sniderlover
4 years 6 months ago

Snider was far more highly touted and Snider at least saw some time at AAA and hit well there which is why he got a promotion (september call I think).

TheodoreRoosevelt
4 years 6 months ago

True. Think he was rated as 6th best prospect by BA. Still think he’ll live up to that promise.

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

You lost when you said Patterson > Pods, and you lost again when you assumed Lawrie is ready. 0-2

mp87
4 years 6 months ago

295 hitter who causes problems for the opposing infield? hes a better leadoff hitter historically than davis…i saw someone post earlier pods 1 against righties, davis 9 and invert againsts lefts is exactly what i was thinking…davis does not walk enough at all historically. Pods is over 0.5 walk to k ratio…and it looks like davis is a little above 0.3 in his career. this sets up jbau in right, davis in centre and pods/snider dhing and in left. yunel at short, lind first, arencibia catching. only question is whether they bring in a 2nd baseman or 3rd baseman to combine with hill at the 2 positions….unless they cant in which youll have mac playing 2nd…hitting 240 9th behind davis who they can run hit and run, straight steal, bunt and run….mac has the bat control to go to the open side of the infield…he may not hit the ball hard but you dont need to if theres sh** disturbers on base. and a 240 hitter isnt the end of the world in the 9 spot. joe inglett is still available by the way…and i dont think theyre keeping rivera…farrell let it slip that theyre looking to move him with that comment “if hes still here we’ll find a spot for him”

okbluejays
4 years 6 months ago

There are no “big” signings at this stage of the game. I think he’ll get some major league playing time, but probably not a huge factor in the grand scheme of things.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe, I didn’t expect a big signing. I’m just saying he’s not a good player, at all.

inleylandwetrust
4 years 6 months ago

What is this?!?!? A player Span doesn’t like??? You must have something personal against this guy

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

I came to my senses brother. The podcast explains it all

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 6 months ago

I’d rather see him in the field than Rivera.

BrocNessMonster
4 years 6 months ago

Hat? But he had a .300 average with 35 SB! :-S

jwredsox
4 years 6 months ago

Batting average is hollow if you don’t have any power. I’m with Span here.

4 years 6 months ago

I agree. Ichiro is garbage.

4 years 6 months ago

300/346/406 vs. RHP last year, and the jays are a righty heavy lineup. I say he’s on the team with any semblance of a decent spring. especially if a Rivera trade happens.

4 years 6 months ago

minor league deal because OF with aging speed with singles power and average defense isn’t that valuable. good depth move for the jays, especially because rivera is also an unnattractive option in the field. apparently blogger crush mastroianni isn’t inspiring too much confidence

mp87
4 years 6 months ago

his speed can age another decade and he would still be faster than most…

4 years 6 months ago

yeah his speed is fine, he doesn’t play good defence though so you don’t want to start him over rajai (+glove, ++speed) and he doesn’t have any pop at all in his bat. so basically you have a pinch runner. that said he’s awesome on a minor league deal

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Goood signing!!! I like this

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

This move will help them compete with the O’s this year!

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

Sarcasm only works when you actually say something funny! Better luck next time…