Red Sox Trade Rumors: Scott Podsednik On Radar. J.D Drew Is Not


Despite contradicting reports from multiple sources, the Red Sox are indeed looking to upgrade their outfield via the trade market.  According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) the Sox are actively scouting Scott Podsednik, currently playing for the Phillies AAA team.

Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are willing to deal Podsednik for a “fair” return, suddenly making this scenario a ‘proceed with caution’ for Ben Cherington. The Phillies offense is struggling, especially their infield and it’s no secret they are desperately seeking infield help.  But giving up any piece for a below average outfielder, given his age and his production this year, Cherington would be a fool to do so.  Unless of course the Sox could part ways with a single A or AA talent, but certainly nothing off the major league roster.

Podsednik, 36, is struggling at the minor league level, so it’s interesting as to why the Sox would even show interest in him.  In 23 plate appearances for the Phillies AAA affiliate, the 10-year veteran doesn’t have an offensive line to write home about; .158/.304/.158.  A small sample size sure, but to say that this guy is to fill the holes until Ellsbury and Crawford return is about as logical as now making Mark Melancon the Sox closer.

Currently Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney have been swinging a pretty good bat, while providing decent defense in the outfield. Jason Repko and Darnell McDonald won’t make many highlight reels for either their defense of their offense, but surely they are better than what Podsednik will offer.  And keep in mind that Crawford is likely only a few weeks away from returning and Ryan Kalish should be ready by June.  Adding Podsednik would only further crowd the outfield once everyone is healthy, again bringing in the question as to why would Cherington even consider making this deal.

Another name that has come up in the past couple days is that of J.D. Drew.  Rumors were circulating that the Sox had checked in on the former outfielder who patrolled Pesky’s Pole for the past five seasons, but tonight Rob Bradford of stated on Twitter that this has not happened… least not yet.  Much like Podsedni, I’m not sure Drew would add much if any upgrade from what is currently in place.

Here’s a thought.  Try Nate Spears in the outfield.  Or how about this.  Lars Anderson has reportedly been moved to the outfield.  Why not give him a shot out there.  Call me crazy but is it any worse than dealing away a roster player for a 36-year old body who can’t hit AAA pitching?

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