Red Sox Sign Scott Podsednik

The Red Sox have signed Scott Podsednik to a Major League contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Boston traded the outfielder to the Diamondbacks in the Matt AlbersCraig Breslow trade, but Arizona released him a few days later.

Podsednik, 36, hit .387/.409/.484 with six steals in 70 plate appearances with the Red Sox this year and .242/.308/.291 in Triple-A. The veteran speedster also missed a little more than two weeks with a groin strain earlier this season.

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  1. Trout Almonte 3 years ago

    Okay now, so the Sox traded him away to Arizona, who didn’t really want him, or at least didn’t see him worthy of a 25-men roster spot, and then they resign him?

    It seems like Arizona didn’t really want him, so it’s reasonable to think that the Sox included him in the trade. Now they want him back?

    Anyone else confused by this whole hulabaloo?

    • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

      I’m confused by your use of the word hullabaloo.

      • Karkat 3 years ago

        It’s a word befitting of the advanced age of a man like Scott Podsednik

    • It has to do with the 40 man roster spot, because Pods was on it which is why he was able to refuse the minor league assignment Arizona put him on.

      The best I can figure is that Boston felt that if they put him on waivers on July 31st he would have been claimed, but by waiting 3 days (or whatever) and having him pass through waivers he wouldn’t have been claimed. I’m not sure why that would be, but that’s the best I’ve got. Perhaps it has to do with the amount of players going on waivers after Aug 1? Or maybe I’m way off base….

    • I believe Arizona acquired him and immediately wanted to send him to AAA… If I’m not mistaken he has no more options so it was his choice whether he went or. It… He refused and Arizona didn’t have a spot on their 25 man roster so they did him a favor and released him… No one perceived him as a troublemaker or anything like that, they simply had no choice… I say good pick up by Boston.. Again lol… He’s a decent utility man for the price… Oh and Boston wasn’t looking to dump him originally, I read a few reports at the trade deadline that along with Albers, Arizona had asked for Sweeney, Podsednic, or Nava… I think Boston just figured Scott was expendable …

      • letsgogiants 3 years ago

        It leads me to believe then that he would have been ideally a September call-up when the rosters expanded. He’s the type of guy you would want on your bench as a pinch hitter/runner. I’m surprised though that they didn’t have enough room for him. They only have 4 outfielders on the active roster, and I’m sure they could have demoted someone from the infield in order to keep Pods.

        Edit: The only guy they could have sent down was Wheeler, who was mashing in AAA and the D-Backs probably wanted to see whether he could help the team along with Johnson at third. So, the situation makes a little more sense (unless they DFA’d McDonald. But with the uncertainty of Drew’s health as well as what he brings defensively to the table, I doubt it would happen).

  2. davengmusic 3 years ago

    Scotty Pods!

  3. sam_lammert 3 years ago

    well played boston….well played

  4. John LeClair 3 years ago

    I find this hilarious so we traded Albers for Breslow? Good deal

    • DunkinDonuts 3 years ago

      Actually, Podsednik is a waste of a roster spot on a team that should be playing its youngsters now, not in September.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Ya know..The prospects are all at AA and below, other than Iglesias.

        They already called up Lavarnway, Kalish, Middlebrooks is the starting 3b. Alex Wilson maybe, but the BP is already so overflowing they don’t have enough roster spots as it is for legit relievers doing well.

        Pawtucket, as it stands is nothing but a retread haven until probably half way thru next season when Bradley, brentz and a few other guys worth paying the price of admission to mcCoy stadium get promoted to AAA.

        • Crucisnh 3 years ago

          Yeah, Pawtucket really is the taxi squad for the big club, and perhaps “finishing school” for prospects that are very nearly ready.

  5. johnsilver 3 years ago

    I liked scotty Pods and maybe Nava has injury issues… But really wanted the kid Kalish to get a chance. Pods I figured could get a job with a contender soon when rosters expanded, then prove his worth and maybe get on someone’s PO roster by busting tail in September.

    Still glad he’s in Boston. Could tell Valentine likes him, Cirriaco and Nava.. Guys who play 100% all the time.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      I hate being this guy but I keep seeing it and my OCD is forcing me to tell you that there’s only one r in Ciriaco anyway have a nice night okay bye >_>

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        LOL Thx :-) I keep spelling it wrong.. Weird last name.. Whateva’ happened to “Smith” and “Jones” ?!?!

      • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

        Thanks Karrkat

        • Karkat 3 years ago

          No prroblem

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

            I hate being this guy but I keep seeing it and my OCD is forcing me to tell you that there’s only one r in pRoblem anyway have a nice night okay bye >_>

          • Karkat 3 years ago

            Well someone’s in a good mood after clearly displaying how he ripped off the Diamondbacks

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

            I cant even win a trade in fantasy baseball. THEO WHO?

          • $491966 3 years ago

            Lead singer for Creed uses his “R’s” all over the place.

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          ecb on fire tonight

    • Crucisnh 3 years ago

      Want Kalish to get a chance? He keeps getting chances and he doesn’t deliver! I think that Scotty Pods got more done in the short time he was with the big club than Kalish has. Honestly, I’m getting fed up with Kalish, and pretty soon I’m gonna want the Sox to just trade his empty uniform.cuz there’s certainly no PLAYER in it.

      • PWNdroia 3 years ago

        I don’t think Kalish has ever had a full year in AAA, or at least a proficient one. Sox management keeps rushing him up.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        He keeps getting hurt is the problem and only in last 1/3 of 2010 was his real chance to prove anything when he was healthy. the GOOD thing, is that it was emergency callup, little AAA time under his belt and he showed he could play CF, RF good speed and not bad with bat. Better than some much older the team has paraded in and out since then and much more “grizzled” and remember.. Kalish had hardly seen much pitching above AA ball at that time.

        I am not saying he will ever be a starter for a long period, but he could be a possible bridge to Bradley. Maybe at least.

  6. Karkat 3 years ago

    Ahaha, alrighty Ben, you’re pretty legiit.

    Hopefully I get to see some more Podsednik before the year is done. Literally all the guy did with the big league club was hit. Obviously his numbers are going to return to Earth if he plays more, but he’s a good, professional guy.

    Plus, this means the trade was Albers for Breslow straight up, which just rocks.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      was pretty decent one.

      They should have “ephused” Padilla over to Arizona instead however…

      • Karkat 3 years ago

        So his plane would just be landing there…….. now.

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      It’s a major league contract, so he’s on the 25 man. So you’ll probably see some Pods soon.

      • APNDaveR 3 years ago

        I think that a major league contract doesn’t necessarily mean he’s on the 25-man — it only requires the team to carry the player on the 40-man roster. But in this case, they’re putting him directly onto the roster with Kalish heading back to AAA….so we will indeed see us some Pods.

  7. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    FYI, someone claimed Crawford off waivers. Looks like a deal might get done and scotty will help with the OF until the end of the yr.

    • Alex 3 years ago

      Source? Or is this just tomfoolery

      • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

        I am surprised it hasnt been reported yet. Give it time young grasshopper

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      Whaaaaat, Ben you crazy

      • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

        Its true.

        • Karkat 3 years ago

          just fyi, in my MLBTR headcanon you are the for real Ben Cherington and no one can ever convince me that you aren’t.

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

            I really am.
            Im pretty sure Ben Nicholas-Smith just checked every source he has, making sure he is up to date.

  8. towney007 3 years ago

    I would assume this is really for September.. Red Sox won’t throw in the towell until they send Crawford to surgery. they’ll put that off until Sept. I’d suspect at that time Kalish gets regular AB’s in his stead

  9. Arizona did want him. They wanted him for September. He’s a veteran however, and had a 40-man roster spot on the Sox roster at the time of the trade, so the D’Backs had to make room for him. They wanted to stash him at AAA for depth(and eventually a September call-up) but he used his veteran status to refuse the assignment and become a free agent.

    They wanted him, just not immediately on their roster. Now he’s back with the Sox. I’m glad he’s back but at the same time really disturbed by the motivations of the organization, as they demote Kalish when they should be letting him play.

    • Crucisnh 3 years ago

      Honestly, I don’t mind if the Sox sent Kalish down. I’m getting really fed up with hearing how great a prospect he is but seeing zip, zilch, nada out of him.

  10. Andy Forrester 3 years ago


  11. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Somebody got over ruled, eh?

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