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January 6, 2009 7:50 PM

Podsednik update

General manager Dan O'Dowd said before spring training he would like to continue to build depth with some non-roster signings and one of those might be finding a left-handed hitter who can play center field. Does that sound like Scott Podsednik?

O'Dowd didn't sound optimistic today about resigning Podsednik.Asked whether Podsednik could be coming back, O'Dowd said, "I can't say that he is at this time. I haven't had a lot of positive feedback from (agent) Kenny Felder on Scott. So I don't know really where that one is at this point in time."

Podsednik signed as a non-roster player last year shortly before the start of spring training and was added to the Opening Day roster when he beat out Cory Sullivan in the final roster move before the start of the regular season.

The Rockies will take long looks at outfielders Carlos Gonazlez, a left-handed hitter, and Dexter Fowler, a switch-hitter, in spring training. But O'Dowd said he wouldn't mind having a veteran on board if Gonzalez and Fowler need more development time. O'Dowd also said he might want to look to non-roster signings to address the catching situation and possibly obtain a right-handed hitting outfielder.


  • January 6, 2009

    11:27 PM

    A L Csta writes:

    More than likely he wants a full time starter job, or possibly more money and a guaranteed contract. He probably prefers to play everyday. But, he has no power and he's not a very good fielder. His speed is declining as he gets older. Not consistent at the plate and his strikeout to walk ratio is awful. In other words, he's best suited for a bench role. He's been injury prone his entire career and is highly overrated. Gonzalez and Fowler need to be given a chance. They are younger and have much more potential. Really, what did Podsednik actually contribute last season. Rumor was that he was going to be released after the All-Star break because for 2 or 3 months he couldn't even get on base. Something lit a fire under him and he did better after the break before he broke his finger. The Rockies are no better or worse with or without Podsednik. Go Rockies 2009!!

  • January 7, 2009

    4:44 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    I would like to see the Rockies bring Podsednik back. With Taveras gone, the Rockies dont have a lot of speed to put at the top of the lineup. Podsednik was one of the few guys remaining who could still provide that speed, but now it appears as if he may not return, and that will be a big loss, in my opinion.

    It appears to me that the Rockies strategy for improving their team is to build up their depth...I dont understand how this strategy will improve a team that finished what....12 games or so under .500....Perhaps O'Dowd should be looking at trying to acquire players who will compete for an everyday job, instead of making deals which brings in guys who will compete for the 4th or 5th spot in the starting rotation...

  • January 7, 2009

    2:56 PM

    fuzzyjim writes:

    Annonymous is right. The Rocks just got a 4th or 5th starter, which is fine, but the starter they need most is a #1.

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