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The Royals may sign Scott Podsednik

Jan 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

9:21 A.M. UPDATE: Rosenthal now reports that Podsednik is saying he has a deal with a club and that the Royals are saying they have a deal with an outfielder and that we should “put 2 and 2 together!”  UPDATE: Now Jerry Crasnick has a source confirming this and that a formal announcement will come tomorrow once the physical is done.

9:00 A.M. Why everyone is talking about some college football game this morning when there’s big news like the Royals thinking about signing Scott Podsednik floating around I’ll have no idea. Priorities people.

Podsednik hit .304/.353/.412 with 30 steals and 75 runs in 132 games
after joining the White Sox on May 1.  But he hit just .243/.299/.369 in
2007 and .253/.322/.333 in 2008.
His defense is generally below average (Carl Crawford can thank Podsednik for the inside the park home run he hit last July on a truly atrocious jump by Podsednik).  He’s fast, but he gets caught stealing a lot.  He’s a guy who can be useful if he hits .300, but he’s only done that twice in nine years and he’s going to be 34 this year.

I know I’m guilty of slamming the Royals at the drop of a hat, but I’m not doing that here.  Podsednik can be marginally useful if he’s not making much money. But if the Royals give him a lot of money and expect him to be the everyday centerfielder, this would fit the profile of a lot of recent Royals signings: overpaying for a recognized name and a recent statistical bump while ignoring the guy’s overall body of work, his likely production going
forward and the fact that it could probably be replicated by any number of cheaper options.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jan 8, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Ah, yes, college football where 412 teams in 38 conferences get to fight it out for a non-existent National Title. The pitch f/x guys would jam every server east of Siam and IBM would again be bigger than WalMart
    To win the World Series the Universe would have to be ahead in the third inning of the May 30th game vs. the Mudhens, but only if they had an unassisted triple play in the bottom of the inning.

  2. RamboDiaz - Jan 8, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Somewhere, Joe Posnanski is crying.

  3. Moses Green - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    You want to be nice to Dayton Moore for a minute? That’s both your prerogative and your problem. They could have just re-signed Coco Crisp and had a real full-time CF. Scott Podsednik is another sad moment for a sorry, once-proud franchise. You wont’ say it – fine – I will. Signing Scott Podsednik is a sub-moronic move that fits in perfectly with a long long line of other idiotic Moore missteps. Oh, and “replicating” Scott Podsednik’s production really wouldn’t have been difficult, and it should have been attempted with someone who isn’t on the wrong side of 30.
    Buying a 34-year old banjo hitting ex-speedster with a subpar glove? Priceless.

  4. Adam Adkins - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    @Rambo #2: “Somewhere, Joe Posnanski is crying.”
    Worse than that, someone needs to put Rany Jazayerli on suicide watch.

  5. Oldtimer - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I hate saying this, but signing Podsednik is an improvement. Just tells you how bad the Royals are.

  6. Moses Green - Jan 8, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Look, the bottom line is, any time a small market franchise can sign a guy who’s 34 with a lifetime -5.6 UZR/150 in CF, you have to make that move.

  7. Joey B - Jan 8, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    I’m not saying it’s a terrible move by itself, but it is another in a long line of acquisitions that almost completely ignore OBP and defense.

  8. RamboDiaz - Jan 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    @Adam Adkins #3: I wonder if Dayton Moore makes these moves with an eye on wiping out the opposing media force?

  9. JBerardi - Jan 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    “I hate saying this, but signing Podsednik is an improvement. Just tells you how bad the Royals are.”
    Even if that’s true, improves them to what? Losing 98 games instead of 100? There’s no point in making marginal upgrades when you completely suck. The fact that the Royals do not understand this is probably their biggest issue right now.

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