Sometimes, baseball has a way of working things out. Scott Podsednik was more than just a little upset that he was left off of the Phillies opening day roster in favor of Juan Pierre. Truth be told, Pierre did outplay Podsednik in camp, but it was also possible to make a case for carrying Podsednik on the roster, although the Phillies decided against keeping him around. Instead, they sent him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and it took Podsednik a couple of days to consider whether it was the place that he wanted to be. In the end, Podsednik showed up and has gotten himself off to a slow start, hitting .125 in five games with the IronPigs.
The second event occurred this week when Boston lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for up to a couple of months with a shoulder injury. That event now has the Boston Red Sox considering their options on just how to handle the vacancy in their lineup. For now, the Red Sox have Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney and Darnell McDonald in their outfield, so the need to look for other options is obvious. Among the possibilities are the Cubs' Marlon Byrd, who has been on the block for a while now. A deal between the Cubs and Red Sox could be either helped or hindered by the fact that former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is now in charge of the Cubs; it all depends on how you look at the situation. Free agents Clete Thomas and Brett Carroll are also being considered by the Red Sox.
As is - you guessed it - Scott Podsednik.
Some, including Fox's Ken Rosenthal, believe that the Phillies wouldn't stand in te way of letting Boston simply take Podsednik with no compensation. More likely though, the Phillies would likely try to get something in exchange for the veteran outfielder.
For his part, Podsednik is just trying to distance himself from the rumors. "Right now, it's basically just up to my manager and what he may be able to work out with both the Red Sox and the Phillies," explained Podsednik. "I'll just let other people handle those things and I'll handle what I can take care of on the field."
Podsednik is not necessarily a major cog in the Phillies plans and their Triple-A roster has plenty of outfield options other than Podsednik, so losing him wouldn't deal a major blow to the Phillies. Still, Podsednik is insurance in case there would be any injuries at the major league level and they would likely want to talk to Boston to see if they can get something in exchange.
Two separate events that may have a very common thread, if all of the details can be worked out.
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