MLB Rumors: Are The Minnesota Twins Looking To Add A Veteran Outfielder?

By Brad Berreman
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins have put much of their focus this winter on adding starting pitching at all levels of the organization, and rightfully so, given the circumstances. But the offseason trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere have left the team a little thin in the outfield, and without a proven option in center field in particular.

The Twins are among the teams rumored to have interest in Scott Podsednik, who spent a big chunk of last season in the minors but hit .302 over 216 plate appearances for the Boston Red Sox when he finally got time in the big leagues. His last extensive major league action came in 2010, when he hit .297 with 51 RBI and 35 stolen bases and 63 runs scored over 539 at-bats for the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Podsednik has a .281 career batting average, with 309 stolen bases and 563 runs scored over 11 major league seasons. He was runner-up for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he followed that up with a league-leading 70 stolen bases in 2004. His first and only career All-Star game selection came in 2005 with the Chicago White Sox, and he finished that season hitting .290 with 59 stolen bases and 80 runs scored for the eventual World Series champions.

Podsednik would be a solid fit for Minnesota as an extra outfielder, and his speed could make him a valuable contributor as a pinch runner. At age 37 by the time the season starts, his days as a full-time player are certainly over, so if the Twins have any delusions about him being their starting center fielder and being effective over 500 at-bats in 2013, they are likely to be left disappointed. But the cost to bring Podsednik aboard should not be high, and it may come down to what he is looking for in a contract, and specifically if he is willing to sign a minor league deal, to determine his ultimate landing spot.

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