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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals for a pair of minor leaguers Wednesday night, trying to replenish their outfield and boost their chances in the NL West.
The trade was announced before Los Angeles played at San Diego. The Dodgers began the day five games behind the division-leading Padres.
“It’s tough to tell when they’re going to be back, and if they’re going to have any more issues the rest of the season,” Colletti said. “This is a safeguard against when they return and how they return.”
“He was on a World Series champion with the White Sox. He brings speed,” Colletti said. “He’s obviously a good hitter; he’s over .300. He drives in a lot of runs from a high spot in the order, and he has a lot of speed. He can add a lot of different dimensions to our club.”
“He’s very good for a team that’s in a pennant race,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.
“There were several teams that were kicking the tires on Scottie,” Moore said. He said the Dodgers were “the most aggressive.”
Moore said Podsednik was playing his best ball over the last 10 days. “He’s a very exciting player.”
Podsednik is a career .280 hitter with 296 lifetime steals in 10 seasons. He was an All-Star in 2005, when he stole 59 bases and helped the White Sox win the World Series.
“We felt it was the right time to move Scottie,” Moore said.
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