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Friday, December 9th, 2016

WHITE SOX RE-SIGN SCOTTY PODS

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The White Sox re-signed left fielder Scott Podsednik to a one year, $2.9 million contract. And I am surprised by this move.

You’d think Ken Williams would identify LF as a position where the Sox can get better both defensively and offensively. You’d think Williams would nip Pods’ tenure with the Sox in a bud and let him roam off to wherever tired-looking leadoff hitters go.

Perhaps Williams cannot erase the memories of 2005. Podsednik was dazzling during the first half and was named to the all-star team. He then shocked the world by homering twice in the playoffs–after not hitting any during the regular season.

He hit one in game 1 of the ALDS against the Red Sox. He then won game 6 with a totally improbable walk-off shot off Astros closer Brad Lidge.

“Obviously what this signing says is I support him as our leadoff man and our primary left fielder,” Williams said on Friday.

It’s a rather uninspired move for a GM renown for pulling off big moves, and recognizing when it’s time to move in a different direction.

Last year Podsednik’s BA and OBP each dipped more than 20 points. He was also caught stealing 19 times. I suppose Williams thinks Pods can improve on those numbers. But due to his injury problems and last year’s poor performance, Williams best get an alternative.   

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