Scott Podsednik pondering contract with Dodgers

Scott Podsednik is facing a Thursday deadline to decide whether to exercise his half of a mutual option that would keep him with the Dodgers for another season. The Dodgers on Tuesday exercised their part of the $2-million option.

Podsednik, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in late July, replaced Manny Ramirez as the Dodgers' starting left fielder in the second half of the season. Podsednik's arrival cleared the way for the Dodgers to let Ramirez go to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim.

Podsednik hit .297, stole 35 bases and scored 63 runs over the season. He hit .262 and stole five bases in 39 games with the Dodgers.

Podsednik's last venture into the free-agent market was a frustrating one. He hit .304 and stole 30 bases for the White Sox in 2009, but ended up signing with the Royals for a deal that was guaranteed for only one year and $1.75 million.

—Dylan Hernandez


The New York Mets are picking up the $11-million option for 2011 on shortstop Jose Reyes. … Third baseman Adrian Beltre has declined a $10-million player option that would have kept him with the Boston Red Sox next year. He is receiving a $1-million buyout. … The Texas Rangers did not exercise a $9-million option on designated hitter-outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, but the team might bring back the slugger next season. He gets a $1-million buyout. The Rangers plan to talk Thursday with Manager Ron Washington and General Manager Jon Daniels about a new contracts. Washington's contract went through this season, Daniels' through next season. … The Cincinnati Reds declined a $12.75-million option on pitcher Aaron Harang and are paying him a $2-million buyout. The Reds also declined a $4-million option on shortstop Orlando Cabrera and bought out the contract for $1 million, but exercised an $11.5-million option on pitcher Bronson Arroyo and a $1.75-million option on left fielder Jonny Gomes. … The Oakland Athletics cut ties with third baseman Eric Chavez, buying out for $3 million a $12.5-million option. The A's picked up a $6-million option on second baseman Mark Ellis and a $5.75-million option on outfielder Coco Crisp. … The San Diego Padres declined an $8.5-million option on pitcher Chris Young and announced that catcher Yorvit Torrealba declined a $3.5-million mutual option. … The Seattle Mariners declined an $8-million option on pitcher Erik Bedard. … The Florida Marlins confirmed that Edwin Rodriguez will return as manager next season.

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