White Sox move to Plan C in CF?

April, 30, 2009
4/30/09
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Big news: the White Sox have solved their ongoing problem in center field! From ESPNChicago.com:
    The White Sox will call up outfielder Scott Podsednik on Friday, according to Podsednik's agent, Ryan Gleichowski.

    "He's thrilled. He's in great shape, feels great and is really looking forward to this opportunity," Gleichowski said.

    A Sox spokesperson said there will be no roster move announced today.

    Podsednik, 33, was a catalyst for the Sox's 2005 World Series championship team. The Sox signed him to a one-year minor-league deal on April 14.

Or maybe they haven't. From FanHouse's Ed Price:
    Outfielder Jerry Owens, who was 1-for-12 this season, was spotted packing his bags after Wednesday's game, so it seems like he will be designated for assignment.

    Even though the White Sox are getting just a .284 slugging percentage (no homers) and .608 OPS from center field, installing Podsednik at the position could be a mistake.

    "He's gone backwards, man," said a scout who recently watched Podsednik at Triple-A Charlotte. "He doesn't look good at all. I'd keep Jerry Owens over this Podsendnik. He's a below-average center fielder right now."

    The scout said Podsednik -- whose best tool was always his speed -- ran from home to first base in 4.2-4.3 seconds, which is below-average for a lefty hitter, "and he's running as hard as he can."

Do you remember when Scott Podsednik was good? Let us hearken back to the yesteryear of 2003, when a fresh-faced kid came out of nowhere to bat .314, steal 43 bases, and finish second (to Dontrelle Willis, and ahead of Brandon Webb!) in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. OK, so he was 27 and he came from Tacoma (which isn't exactly nowhere). But still, it was a good story.

Six years is a long time when you start at 27. In the five seasons since 2003, Podsednik has conistently posted numbers that are highly consistent with his minor-league stats ... which were kept him from playing regularly in the majors until he was 27. Podsednik just doesn't have it anymore, and that's sort of assuming that he actually had it, once.

This is a good story too, though. Granted, not if you're a White Sox fan. But for an outside observer, it's utterly fascinating to watch the White Sox cycle through DeWayne Wise, Jerry Owens, and now Podsednik in their seemingly perpetual quest to find a center fielder who wouldn't be overmatched in a good Triple-A league.

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