The Philadelphia Phillies have traded minor league outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Boston Red Sox. Podsednik spent 2011 at the Triple-A level for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, although he played sparingly after breaking his foot.
Podsednik is hitting just .203/.289/.216 for the IronPigs this season with six stolen bases in 83 plate appearances. He batted .245/.286/.396 for the IronPigs in 2011, stealing two bases in 59 plate appearances.
Podsednik was last in the major leagues in 2010, batting .297 with 35 stolen bases for the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .310 for the Royals and .262 for the Dodgers. Podsednik is a .279/.340/.381 hitter with 301 stolen bases in 4130 plate appearances. He has led the American League in steals once and has topped 30 steals six times and 50 twice.
Podsednik can play all three outfield positions, although he is best suited for left field. The Red Sox are struggling this season and need serious help in the outfield, as Jacoby Ellsbury has been dealing with an injured right shoulder and Carl Crawford had offseason wrist surgery and is currently sidelined with a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow. The Red Sox have already traded for Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs this season, and called up Daniel Nava from the minor leagues.
The Red Sox are just 12-19 on the season, good for the 27th best record in the major leagues, and they are struggling in nearly every aspect of the game. Considering how difficult their division is, the Red Sox need some help, and they have to be hoping Podsednik can provide a little value on the basepaths.