Scott Podsednik leaves country to find a job
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When the Dodgers acquired Scott Podsednik last July, they still had Manny Ramirez.
In August, the Dodgers waived goodbye to Ramirez. In November, they picked up their $2-million option on Podsednik, with the idea that he could be their left fielder this season.
The Jays could use a leadoff man -- and a left-handed hitting outfielder -- so he appears to have a good chance to crack the Toronto lineup. However, in the event of an injury or a seriously poor spring, he might have cost himself $2 million.
The Dodgers never did find a full-time left fielder. As they report to spring training, their most likely option is a platoon of Jay Gibbons and Marcus Thames (total cost: $1.65 million), with Tony Gwynn Jr. and Xavier Paul also available.
So tell us: Would the Dodgers have been better off with Podsednik, or are they better off with Gibbons and Thames? Or what Plan C would you prefer? (Not Plan CC, as the Dodgers had no interest in Carl Crawford -- or, more accurately, had no interest in spending $142 million to sign him.)
-- Bill Shaikin