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Oops: Scott Podsednik signs minors deal with Blue Jays after turning down $2 million from Dodgers

Feb 16, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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Back in November the Dodgers exercised their half of a $2 million mutual option on Scott Podsednik, but a couple days later he declined his side of the option and chose free agency instead.

Oops.

After spending four months in search of a better deal Podsednik has signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays, meaning he’s not even guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster, let alone $2 million.

In fairness to Podsednik he seemingly has a good chance to make the team and perhaps even begin the season as Toronto’s primary leadoff man if the Blue Jays decide to use Jose Bautista at third base. Of course, he likely would have been the Dodgers’ primary leadoff man too, and wouldn’t have had to spend the next six weeks fighting for a job (and perhaps a lesser salary) first.

  1. dodger88 - Feb 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Giant sigh of relief………………….

  2. lanflfan - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Good

    and

    LOL at his greed.

    • pauleee - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Why must it always be about greed? Maybe, just maybe, he didn’t want to play for the Dodgers and he simply miscalculated the interest he would get from other teams.

  3. missthemexpos - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    With the mega money flowing each free agency season, it is interesting to see which veteran free agents miscalculate the marketplace and are left scrambling just to get a spring training invite.

    • pauleee - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      Oops, yeah, like he said.

  4. cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    I’m a Jays fan (they’re all I have left without the Expos). This is the kind of good news I’ve been waiting for all off season so I say:
    Thank you baseball gods. The Jays needed this guy as much as he needed them. Now, baseball gods, one more small thing. Please let Albert Pujols go unsigned, make the Yankers implode financially (or Cashman’s progressing weirdness drive away all good players, no matter what the $$ incentive is) and all other USA based teams suffer just enough belt tightening to be unable to afford him. You sent and Angel to deliver us from Vernon Well’s contract, this little miracle will be as nothing compared to that.

    • spudchukar - Feb 16, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      As much as I hate this type of speculation, If Albert goes, you and the O’s are the most likely landing place.

  5. scatterbrian - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    They already have a version of Podsednik who is a better fielder, has a better stolen base success rate, and is five years younger in Rajai Davis.

    .279/.340/.381, .324 wOBA
    .281/.330/.383, .326 wOBA

    Which is which?

    • pauleee - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Does Podsednik qualify as scrappy?

    • cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      So, your comment means what? Jays’re better than I said? Ayup, I agree, they are. Check this out; Both are good guys. Both on the same team are better. First 2 batters right there. Now, based on this;
      Podsednik’s stats from 2010;
      .297/.342/.382 etc.
      Davis 2010
      .284 /.320 /.377 etc
      its fair to say they’re on base a lot. With Davis leadoff and Podsednik 2nd, following those 2 guys is this unheard of guy; J. Bautista. He swings aaaaand BOOM! 3 run homer into the right field bleachers and the familiar understated trot round the bases, high five with Podsednik and Davis at home plate and strolls to his seat. Now he had a lot of practice with that trot last season but not as much as he would have like with the high fives at the plate. Yes, the baseball gods have been generous indeed.

      • Amsterdamned - Feb 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        A lot? Since when is a .320 OBP a lot?

      • Mark - Feb 16, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        In no way, shape or form is a 342 OBP a good OBP for a top of the order hitter. A 320 OBP means you’re RARELY on base, and a 342 OBP isn’t good for a #2 hitter.

        The significant difference between Davis and Pods, is that Davis plays good D in CF while Pods is crap in LF. You can’t get by with a 724 OPS if your D is garbage in LF.

        Sadly this signing is meaningless as he shouldn’t make the team. Rivera is a better OF, and since Podesdnik doesn’t play CF/RF he isn’t even a good backup.

      • scatterbrian - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

        Podsednik doesn’t make the Jays better. He’s a redundant piece they didn’t need to add. All he does is make the players’ wives section better looking.

        But let me understand this: The Blue Jays were able to unload one of the worst contracts in baseball for pennies, and got two valuable pieces in return as an added bonus. And you are thanking the baseball gods because the Jays signed Podsednik?

  6. proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    A very nice depth signing by the Jays. He and Davis bring much needed speed to the team. There should be a very interesting battle between Podsednik, Juan Rivera and Corey Patterson for 2 roster spots. I am not surprised that Rivera is thought to be on the trading block.

    • cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 7:06 PM

      Patterson to the bottom of the batting order. He can play left field I bet. Gonna be a good year!

  7. cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I reject your reality and substitute my own. Albert Pujols, Blue Jays, 2012 baby.

  8. stlducks - Feb 16, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Cur68 sorry but Pujols will never go to the jays and it is going to be along time before the jays compete with the rest of the division

    • scatterbrian - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      People were saying the same thing about the Rays as recently as Spring Training 2008.

      • cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:15 PM

        @ scatterbrain; Thanks man! I go back to fantasy cur-world so much happier…

  9. cur68 - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Now back to regularly scheduled cur-world programming; And LO an Angel appeared and rescued the Mighty and Virtuous Blue Jays from the curse of the Well’s contract (signed in blood at the full moon; it was unbreakable by mortals hence the need for Angels). And LO the gods then decreed (for they were happy with little cur as he had completed 5 whole chapters and not bumped anyone off inadvertently this week at work); let there be Davis and let there be Podsednik and LO there was Davis & Podsednik. And the cur look around and said “It is good. It is very good. But one thing more O mighty deities of monkeys and men, one thing more. We need Pujols. I mean Albert Pujols! Not those other things! Here I’ll write it down; P-u-j-o-l-s. Pronounce the ‘j’ like an ‘h’. Well I didn’t make up the language! Now get rid of these sphincters and bring us Albert!” And the deities decreed “How bout we fix you up with Jessica Alba instead? That might be easier.” And the cur was happy. Very happy.

  10. jonirocit - Feb 17, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    He must have hated the dodgers that much . Or he just wanted back in the American league

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