The Royals, lacking payroll flexibility, do not expect to be active in free agency. Outfielder Scott Podsednik, however, is one player in whom the Royals are showing interest.
Podsednik, who batted .303-.353-.412 and stole 30 bases for the White Sox last season, could fit with the Royals regardless of whether they trade DeJesus. The White Sox remain in the mix for Podsednik as well.
Will Dayton Moore will give him a multi-year deal?
BTW, the Mets signed Blanco to a 1-year $1.5 million deal, and the Braves signed Saito to a 1-year $3.2 million deal.
UPDATE: Rooyals officials confirm it.
Kenny is patient but he has a plan:
One certainty is that Williams and his staff will enter Indianapolis with names in mind to acquire or sign. They never walk haphazardly into MLB’s annual get together.
“Yeah, it’s not difficult,” Williams said. “You’ve watched your team for about 200 games, including Spring Training. If you are at the stage where you are still assessing where you are, then I think you’ve missed the boat on some things.
“We’ve known quite some time what are targets are, and we go down the list and try to acquire them. You see what the possibilities are very quickly and very efficiently. If it works out, it works out. If not, you move on to the next guy.”
Those targets include free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp, whose agent confirmed the White Sox preliminary interest, and Scott Podsednik, their own free agent, who presently is looking for a multiyear deal the White Sox aren’t offering. The St. Petersburg Times recently named the South Siders as one of the teams interested in B.J. Upton, perhaps attainable in a trade, which could involve closer Bobby Jenks.
Even if Jenks stays put, the White Sox will want to upgrade their bullpen. They have been listed as one of eight teams interested in Takashi Saito, but also seem likely to add a left-hander to complement Matt Thornton. …
The White Sox, Cubs, Braves, and Mets make up half of the eight teams interested in signing right-hander Takashi Saito, according to Patrick Newman at NPB Tracker.
Stats: B-R, FG.
UPDATE: SoxNet’s take here. Jim says “I wouldn’t count on the Sox emerging victorious, as they rarely win these multiple-team free-agent throwdowns.”