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.”
“We felt it was the right time to move Scottie,” Moore said.
Colletti said the talks with Kansas City basically came together in the last 72 hours. He’s due $600,000 the rest of the season, the prorated portion of his $1.6 million salary, and the Dodgers did not ask for any cash from the Royals to defray the cost. Podsednik has a $2 million club option for 2011, with a $100,000 buyout.
The 25-year-old May hit .296 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs at Triple-A Albuquerque. He will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha.
The 22-year-old Pimentel was 9-3 with a 3.49 ERA at Class A Great Lakes in the Class A Midwest League. He will report to Class A Burlington.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report.
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