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Diamondbacks release Scott Podsednik just two days after acquiring him

Aug 2, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik along with right-hander Matt Albers from the Red Sox for left-hander Craig Breslow just two days ago. However, the team announced Podsednik’s release this afternoon. What gives?

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Podsednik was granted his release after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Reno. I’m not sure if there’s a way the Diamondbacks could have cleared the possibility of a minor league assignment with Podsednik before acquiring him, but his inclusion in the deal looks even more odd now. Of course, Albers was the real centerpiece of the deal from Arizona’s perspective and Podsednik is nothing more than organizational depth at this point in his career, so the Diamondbacks probably aren’t going to lose any sleep over it.

Podsednik, 36, batted .387/.409/.484 with one home run, seven RBI, six stolen bases and an .893 OPS in 19 games with the Red Sox earlier this season prior to being placed on the disabled list in mid-June with a strained groin. He was playing with Triple-A Pawtucket for a little over a month prior to the trade to Arizona.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Can someone explain why the Diamondbacks would trade a halfway decent lefty reliever for Matt Albers essentially?

    • Glenn - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      In his defense, Albers is having a good year with a 2.29 ERA, 193 ERA+, and a 1.14 WHIP. Only 39 innings versus a career of mediocrity, though.

    • nprakash5 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I can only imagine Ben Cherington has something on Kevin Towers. I can’t explain this any other way :( . Horrible trade by KT.

  2. gloccamorra - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    So who picks up Podsednik now?

    • tonyz6060chevy - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      the Seattle Mariners!

    • spareman7 - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      The Red Sox…..

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    It’s actually kind of irritating that, after a decent run, he was wasting in the minors while Ryan Sweeney was getting cuts (and misses) at the plate.

    I get that he’s at the end of the line….but I’ll take a 50 year old Podsednik over Ryan effing Sweeney.

    • delchef9 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      Scotty had a great spring for Philly…he beat out Juan Pierre but got screwed out of a roster spot………(tho JP has been great this season) he is healthy and whoever picks him up will get a great 4th OF or PR for the playoff push IMO!

  4. thepunkyqb - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    @Chicago White Sox
    Pick him back up!!! I wouldn’t complain one ioda if they did.

  5. sheriffpeyton18 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Dbacks don’t need him! The new Adam Eaton will be called up soon!!

  6. cmbrown15 - Aug 3, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    The Reds ought to give him a shot. The lack of a genuine leadoff hitter is their biggest weakness right now.

    • professor59 - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Unfortunately for the purists, there are very few true leadoff hitters any more. Look forward to a game full of Mark Reynolds and bereft of Rickey Hendersons. The majors just don’t pay any attention to your stats unless you hit homers. Then they just hope you can cut down on your strikeouts.

      I just took a look through the league, and the only player who has leadoff-type stats is Austin Jackson. Anyone else with double digit steals and an OBP of 380 or more is also a slugger batting 3rd or 4th.

      Where’s Dykstra when you need him? Oh, right. Doing 20 to life.

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