“I wouldn’t use the word ‘surprised,’ ” Podsednik said. “I’ve been around awhile. I know what free agency is like. I know what it’s like to be traded. Unfortunately, there is a business side to baseball. It doesn’t always work in favor of what you want. But it’s no secret that I wanted t come back to Chicago. This is where I wanted to be, but I’m happy with the Royals and how things turned out. I thought it would be another great fit for me to come back here and play again, not only personally but for the team as well. They wanted to improve their club. Deep down, they had other interests.”
“I thank [White Sox general manager] Kenny Williams for going out and giving me a chance last year when I was at home with no job,” Podsednik said. “So in a sense it worked out for both sides.”
“Bottom line is [the White Sox] got the player they wanted,” Podsednik said. “I got another opportunity to play with the Royals.”
May 5, 2010
January 8, 2010
Podsednik, a longtime leadoff batter, was signed by the Royals on Friday to a one-year, $1.75-million contract for 2010 with an option for 2011. Reportedly, the deal also includes incentives that can boost the deal to about $2 million this year and $2.3 million on the option.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that if Podsednik reaches 550 plate appearances in 2010, the club option for 2011 becomes a mutual option. The deal was finalized after Podsednik underwent a physical examination in Kansas City. …
First, thanks for the dinger in the World Series Pods. It won’t be forgotten.
What’s with the Royals and the Sox each picking up the other’s leftovers though? Remember Horacio? At least Zach Greinke should be happy. He has 1,276 reasons!
BTW, Dan Szymborski has Pods’ KC projection.
December 10, 2009
According to a scout familiar with the situation, the Sox were one of two teams in the American League Central Division letting the New York Yankees know during this week’s Winter Meetings that they covet the services of outfielder Brett Gardner. The problem is Kansas City was also sniffing around what it would take to get the promising 26-year-old leadoff hitter.
What might work in Williams’ favor, however, is that he is not only friendly with Brian Cashman, but is no stranger to doing deals with the Yankees GM. Not only did Williams get Jose Contreras from New York back in 2004, but the two paired up again last winter, with the Sox finding a new residence for disgruntled outfielder Nick Swisher. …
Gardner caught Kenny’s eye in the 2007 AFL.
December 9, 2009
8:10pm: The Giants have Scott Podsednik on their radar, [Andrew] Baggarly reports. He’s apparently one of the center fielders the club is considering.
Teams interested in Podsednik: Royals, Giants, Cubs, Tigers, White Sox.
UPDATE: SoxNet’s take.
December 7, 2009
[Kenny] Williams mentioned assistant general manager Rick Hahn and Ryan Gleichowski, Scott Podsednik’s representative, continued to have contractual conversations. Podsednik’s camp is pushing for a two-year deal, taking a chance that the White Sox one-year offer still will be available if the two-year deal never materializes.
As far as rating his optimism for a potential Podsednik return, Williams didn’t have a definitive feeling in either direction.
“Early on, we made no secret that we felt there was a place for Pods and we made overtures to that effect,” said Williams. “They expressed to us how he wanted to test the market and we respect his right to do that, but we told them that we were going to continue moving down the road. We don’t allow any player to hold us hostage and wait around for them to get on their timetable. We operate on our own timetable.
“Obviously, we still have roster spots to fill and he’s still out there. So, if he has a sincere desire in terms of fit and in terms of dollars that match up, it’s time to get serious.”
December 4, 2009
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?
UPDATE: Rooyals officials confirm it.
December 3, 2009
From the ‘Who they can or need to trade’ section:
INF/OF Brent Lillibridge: Although the fleet-footed 26-year-old has loads of to-date untapped ability, there doesn’t seem to be a spot on the roster for him — definitely in ’10 and possibly beyond. He might benefit from a change of scenery.
loads of untapped ability? is Merkin drinking?
December 1, 2009
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. …
— SoxNet looks at the moves the Sox have already made in the offseason, and tries to project next-year’s roster.
— FutureSox looks on the highlights of the Sox minor league system in 2009 (Beckham, Flowers, Hudson). The article was posted on September 30.
— Another old link: BDD at the Mark Teahen to the Sox, Chris Getz and Josh Fields to Kansas City trade. November 20.
— Scott Podsednik was the 5th best baserunner in baseball in 2009. Jim Thome was the 6th worst.
— The Flying Squirrels show off their logo.
The White Sox have decided against offering salary arbitration to their free agents, outfielder Jermaine Dye, right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, outfielder Scott Podsednik and backup catcher Ramon Castro, a decision needing to be made by 11 p.m. CT on Tuesday. …
Gonzales says Dye is expected to draw interest from Texas, Atlanta and San Francisco, and St. Louis if it won’t retain Matt Holliday.
Cowley says the Yankee$ requested Dye’s medical records.
November 25, 2009
Merkin on how things shape up:
… Jayson Nix, who is out of options, certainly has not been knocked out of the Major League picture, especially with his ability to play the outfield and three infield positions — not to mention adding his own burst of power off the bench. He could also be part of the rotating designated-hitter spot.
While the White Sox figure to make one more major position player addition, probably to fill the leadoff spot through an outfielder, the return of Scott Podsednik still ranges from remote to inconclusive. Podsednik and his camp continue to look for a multi-year deal, an area where the White Sox are not willing to go.
“It is still early in the process and we have had several teams express interest in Scott,” said Ryan Gleichowski, Podsednik’s agent, in an e-mail. “Our goal is to keep the lines of communication open with the White Sox. We will continue to see how things develop.”
There also figures to be at least one White Sox bullpen upgrade, although the team has five veterans currently set and holding down relief spots. There also is a group of four or five young hurlers who the South Siders can turn to in support of one of the American League’s top starting rotations.
Cowley has more on the Pods situation:
The signing of Jones still doesn’t solve the hole at the leadoff spot, as talks with Scott Podsednik have once again stalled with the two sides still in a staring contest.
The Sox have spoken to representation for Coco Crisp, but a source close to the situation said that Crisp would still be Plan B if things don’t change with Podsednik very soon.
November 20, 2009
Talks with free agent Scott Podsednik have taken two steps back. According to a source, enough so that Williams is looking elsewhere for a leadoff hitter right now.
“Do we need Pods, yes,” Guillen said of the situation. “Do we want him? Yes. But we have to make the best deal for this organization. That’s not my problem right now. That’s on Kenny, Rick and [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] to decide.”
November 10, 2009
The White Sox have until Nov. 20 to negotiate with their own free agents exclusively before the 29 other clubs can bid on their services. It’s unclear at this time whether the team can get a deal done with Scott Podsednik in the next 10 days. The South Siders’ leadoff man is looking for a multi-year deal, which he deserves. The White Sox are not so sure a commitment beyond one year is a good idea at this point. The positive of aspects of Podsednik’s game is that he is still a force on the basepaths and hit .300 last season. The downside is his age and his history of groin injuries.
November 9, 2009
— Mark Buehrle’s perfect game is the theme of an exhibit at the Art Institute.
— Kenny expects the youngsters to contribute.
— Kenny will seek Carlos Quentin’s permission if he wants to move him to Right Field.
— Sox interest in Aroldis Chapman appears lukewarm says van dyck.
— Sox’ odds to win the 2010 World Series: 28-1.
November 6, 2009
“We’ve kept our eye on [Teahen] the last few years, asked about him last year and nothing materialized,’’ Williams said of the trade. “He’s a tough-nosed ballplayer. He was hurt last year and dragged his ass out there. He’s a winner.’’ It didn’t hurt that current minor league director Buddy Bell had Teahen under him when Bell was the Royals manager. “It’s about projection sometimes guys,’’ Williams said in response to those that might criticize the move. “The defensive fit, Buddy Bell’s experience with Mark in the clubhouse and having him on the field made him a pretty attractive player for us.’’ …
BTW, talks on bringing Scott Podsednik back appear to have broken down:
The other news to come out of Friday was that talks with Podsednik on staying atop the lineup for 2010 have broken down, meaning that Jordan Danks could be tabbed as the third outfielder/leadoff hitter. Williams said there was very little money for a free agent, making Chone Figgins a pipedream once again. “Money is tight,” Williams said. “Money is tight all over the world, certainly on the South Side. We’ll spend whatever we have available, but there’s not much.” “As far as Podsednik is concerned, we already had talks and a little bit of dialogue back and forth with him. It’s not likely based on what he wants so we’ll have to look elsewhere.”