The Red Sox have acquired veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations, according to multiple major league sources. Podsednik will give the Red Sox some left-handed hitting outfield depth in their system, as he will be assigned by the Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 36-year-old is hitting .203 with a .289 OBP, .216 slugging mark and .505 OPS this year in 22 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A veteran of parts of 10 years in the big leagues, Podsednik is a career .279/.340/.381/.721 hitter with 301 career steals. He last played in the majors in 2010, when he hit .297/.342/.382/.724 with 35 steals in 134 games. But a foot injury ended his 2010 season prematurely, and another foot injury limited him to 34 minor league games in the Phillies and Blue Jays systems last season.
This year, while he hasn't been hitting, he has been able to play all three outfield positions. The Sox do not have a comparably versatile left-handed hitting outfielder in their system, so they made the move to achieve some depth.
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