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The Phillies signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal

May 23, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

podsednik reuters Reuters

Not the biggest thing in the world, but if the release of Scott Podsednik is big enough for us to comment on, I suppose his signing — by a contender no less — is big enough too.

This move is clearly about insurance for the Phillies, as Shane Victorino is hurt and Charlie Manuel has a lot riding on young kids and a toasted veteran in that outfield.

Reader Jonny5, however — who sent me this link — thinks it’s more of a defensive move by Philly, inasmuch as Podsednik has killed the Phillies in the past (.316/.384/.443; not bad for him) and Ruben Amaro simply doesn’t want Florida or Atlanta or someone getting him.

That Amaro. Always two steps ahead …

  1. halladaysbicepts - May 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Garbage move. Just shows you how thin the Phillies are at the high levels of their minor league system.

  2. Jonny 5 - May 23, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Great move. Big possible up side for little $$$. I mean it would take a complete MAROON to think this was done to restock the farm. Right?

    • halladaysbicepts - May 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      You’re clueless. They obviously did not make this move to restock the farm system. They did this for insurance for Utley. Baseball genious, they made this move because of the lack of talent they have in their farm system at 2nd base, youth-wise. You can’t be this stupid, can you?

      • Jonny 5 - May 23, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        Idiot, I told you before, if you don’t understand ones comments, don’t reply until it’s clarified for you. I was saying only a MAROON would think that, (which I thought fit you perfectly because you brought up the farm system being thin). And how is this any help for 2nd base, genius? I’d like the smartest Phillies fan ever to explain this to me. This guy is help for the OF, not 2nd base. PS. You spelled “genius” wrong, which is quite ironic when you think of the context it was used in….

      • halladaysbicepts - May 23, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        Never claimed to be a spelling wiz. It was a typo. Anyways, he can ALSO play 2nd base.

        And. at the higher levels of the Phillies farm system, they ARE thin. All of their talen is in the lower minors and is years away. All scout agree with this.

      • CJ - May 23, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        what makes this hilarious is bicpets actually used the term “genius” correctly (yes spelling and all), given the context he used it in…go ahead, look it up.

        However, his inability to realize he had it right the first time and his subsequent response I find completely and totally hilarious.

      • CJ - May 23, 2011 at 2:28 PM

        actually I spelled it “right” in my comment, but I meant “genious”

      • spudchukar - May 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Bicepts, you have reached a new level for denseness, which for you is quite the accomplishment. Podsednik, has not, nor will he ever play 2B in the majors. He is left handed you goof. Just the though of him making the pivot at second is comical. The only thing more twisted than that image is your logic.

      • macjacmccoy - May 24, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        um isnt Utley left handed?

    • cur68 - May 23, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      The Jays had him last. Shoulda kept him. He can get on base. Unlike lots of other guys on my team. He’s a + move to have on your staff.

      Another good sign; ‘bicepts doesn’t like him. By definition then Podsednick can hit since ‘bicepts is all about screwing any move the Phills might make to improve their hitting.

    • seanmk - May 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      halladaysbicepts scotty pods has played a grand total of 0 games at 2nd base, in the majors OR minors. this is a depth move incase there are injuries

  3. thevandalen - May 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    It’s a smart move. Defensive upgrade, upgrade on the basepaths, and anything is an upgrade over Francisco/Mayberry/Martinez and/or spot-starting Brown against righties. Overall upgrade– can’t say it’s a bad thing.

  4. professor59 - May 23, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Hard to get excited about a move as pointless as this one. Pods has nothing left to offer in the majors. Just ask, well, every GM.

    If this guy makes the Phillies’ roster, it’s admitting to giving up on the season.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 23, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Yeah it would definitely be admitting to giving up on the season. Because Lord knows the thing carrying the Phillies right now is their dominant hitting, right?

    • spol85 - May 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      Its an INSURANCE MOVE. He is not being brought in to replace Victorino. It gives them a veteran who has played the position before that they can use in an emergency. When the rosters expand in September they can call him up and use him as a pinch runner if needed along with being a defensive replacement for Ibanez late in games.

  5. b7p19 - May 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    So much for the Phillies offensive woes…

  6. 3511danny - May 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    He’s another one who can’t hit.

  7. jwbiii - May 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Lehigh Valley’s outfield consists of Rich Thompson, Cory Sullivan, Delwyn Young, and Brandon Moss, so Podsednik may be a better choice for an emergency call-up.

    Their outfield EYPs, and they do have them, are in the Florida State League and the Sally League and so offer no immediate help.

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