The Los Angeles Dodgers made a move to bolster their outfield by acquiring former All-Star Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals for two minor league players – catcher Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimentel.
Podsednik is hitting .310 with five homers and 44 RBI this season. It marked his first campaign with the Royals after he was signed as a free agent in the offseason.
Before that, the 34-year-old spent the 2009 season with the White Sox, hitting .304 with seven homers and 48 RBI. He has also played for Seattle, Milwaukee and Colorado.
The move to get Podsednik could prove as insurance due to injuries to Manny Ramirez (strained right calf) and Reed Johnson (back spasms).
“Scott brings a lot to our club,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “He has speed, is a good hitter and has been a solid run producer this season. He is also someone who was a key member of a World Series champion in Chicago.”
Podsednik currently ranks third in the American League with 30 steals and has stolen at least 30 bases in six of the last eight seasons, including a career high 70 in 2004.
May was on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and is batting .296 with 11 homers and 45 RBI as the catcher for Triple-A Albuquerque. Pimentel was 9-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for Single-A Great Lakes this season.