Scott Podsednik Released by the Las Vegas 51s

The oddest transaction of the 2011 season just took place, as the Jays have released Las Vegas 51s veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik at a time when the team seems to need reinforcements. Pods was hitting .310/.388/.429 over his last 10 games and seemed to be rounding into form.

Simultaneously, the 51s activated OF Danny Perales off the 7-day DL, making it a swap of the two on the roster.

There could be a few reasons for this move. First, there could be a clause in his contract stating that at a certain point, if he isn’t with the big club, he can opt out and become a FA. Second, his foot injury could have returned and made it too agonizing for him to continue on this season. Finally, it could be that he simply didn’t want to be with the Jays any longer and that he saw the writing on the wall with Corey Patterson and Juan Rivera being on the big club while Travis Snider should be joining Rajai Davis and Jose Bautista in the OF. Add in Eric Thames and his hot bat, and the chances of Pods getting any playing time in Toronto were pretty much slim to nil.

I’m just surprised that the Jays couldn’t get anything for him in trade. If Dana Eveland is worth a middle of the road reliever prospect, wouldn’t Pods be as well?

Well, things just got a little thinner on the farm, but in my opinion, that’s a great thing. I’d much rather see Eric Thames get a shot to prove himself than to watch Pods and his injured foot struggle through running the bases and running in the outfield.

He should be able to land on his feet. Where that is can’t really be obvious at this point, but one team that definitely needs an offensive spark and an outfielder is the Seattle Mariners. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see him land there. Hey, if they’re willing to give Ryan Langerhans a shot, why not Pods? Another possibility would be Washington as a 4th outfielder. They’re not really fond of Rick Ankiel at this point, so Pods could be a fit.

In any case, the Pods era in Toronto was quick and painful for him. Hopefully he has better luck elsewhere, so long as it isn’t against the Jays!

-MG

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  • bluejays83

    I do prefer Davis and/or Patterson over Pods. Davis has great base running and base stealing instincts. Patterson is good base running, but in the outfield, I question where is head is at times, i.e. routes to balls. I’m quite sure that if they did call up Pods, his foot would be a factor for sure. I’m unsure of Pods trade value, as no other team picked him up in the Spring, even with such decent numbers. I do hope Podsednik does “land on his feet” (pun intended, and hopefully gently) with another club.

  • http://jaysjournal.com Chris Thomas

    Mat,

    It isn’t the oddest transaction by any means!! AA promised him that if he wasn’t in the club’s plans he would release him to try and catch on with another major league team. Think of Buck starting in September instead of giving JP some work….AA promised Buck he would start ALL year!! Keeping your promises is what builds a respectable organization and bodes well in signing FA in the future. For example, if any player asks Buck or Pod about the Jays, they, at the very least, will say that AA is a man of his word!!

  • Steve

    I since heard that he requested the release. Like you, I agree that he figured to be battling for playing time in Toronto and might be able to find a better situation elsewhere. Also, I don’t think Pods had any trade value at this point because of the injury. There is a real possibility his foot won’t allow him to play at anything approaching an elite level this season. With Eveland last season, he at least had a few quality starts with the Jays.

  • http://gonzo.wordpress.com Gonzo

    “I’m just surprised that the Jays couldn’t get anything for him in trade.”

    Really dumb. Like, never bothering to read you again dumb. Eveland obviously incredibly different in terms of age and who might have a use for him. Come on. Think.

  • Dave

    i Would Sure like to see Pods back in Chicago!!! This Juan Pierre Really Sucks.Cannot even get on base!!!

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