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Scott Podsednik opts out of Dodgers deal and becomes a free agent

Nov 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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When the Dodgers exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option earlier this week the assumption was that the speedy outfielder would soon do the same and accept a $2 million salary for 2011, but today Podsednik declined his half of the option and became a free agent.

Podsednik earned $1.75 million this season and was paid less than $1 million in both 2008 and 2009, so $2 million seemed like a pretty good salary for a 35-year-old left fielder with a .382 slugging percentage.

Of course, it only takes one team focusing on his speed and veteran-ness above his lack of production to make opting out of the Dodgers deal a sound move for Podsednik.

For all his speed Podsednik isn’t a legitimate option defensively in center field and was thrown out on 15 of 50 steal attempts in addition to annually being among the league leaders in times picked off. He gets on base at a decent clip and has good range in left field, but I’m just not sure how many teams are in the market for a .725 OPS left fielder at this point.

He may find another offer in the $2 million range, but sticking with the Dodgers was probably his best shot at everyday playing time.

  1. BC - Nov 4, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    What is he THINKING???!?!?!

    • IdahoMariner - Nov 4, 2010 at 3:45 PM

      he thinks that, because everytime he reads a post about him somewhere, they describe him as “the speedy outfielder” that that might be worth some serious cash. He’s not entirely wrong, just mostly wrong. It sounds cool, though. I’d take the 2 million and speedy my ass back out to the outfield.

  2. knoiro - Nov 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Another fine mess he got into! He should have taken the money.

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