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I feel bad about this one. Really.

    Originally posted by ESPN
    CHICAGO -- Left fielder Scott Podsednik agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, avoiding arbitration, the team announced Friday.

    ...

    "Obviously what this signing says is I support him as our leadoff man and our primary left fielder," Williams said on a conference call Friday.


which is a horrible mistake, because he fell off a cliff, and his spot was the one very obvious place where they could improve a lot. Kenny claims they were scared off by the free agent market, but Scott was so bad last season, they'd improve with a AAAA level guy, and certainly with a platoon.

2.9 seems like a lot, but that's the lesser concern here.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    I feel bad about this one. Really.

      Originally posted by ESPN
      CHICAGO -- Left fielder Scott Podsednik agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, avoiding arbitration, the team announced Friday.

      ...

      "Obviously what this signing says is I support him as our leadoff man and our primary left fielder," Williams said on a conference call Friday.


    which is a horrible mistake, because he fell off a cliff, and his spot was the one very obvious place where they could improve a lot. Kenny claims they were scared off by the free agent market, but Scott was so bad last season, they'd improve with a AAAA level guy, and certainly with a platoon.

    2.9 seems like a lot, but that's the lesser concern here.

Suffice to say this has been basically the Holy War on White Sox boards, as folks like me begged the stars for the Sox to upgrade this position, while others clung to the notion "he's great, look at 2005!"

I hate saying this, so much so that it burns my fingers to type it, but barring a major acquisition that I simply do not foresee, the Cubs are going to be the winningest team in Chicago next season. Right now, I can't see the Sox doing better than 4th in the AL Central. Their only hope might be to suck it up and try to get into either the Manny or A-Rod discussions.



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Don't you know that Scotty Pods is good every other year?

2003: .314/.379/.443, 9 HR, 58 RBIs, 43 SB
2005: .290/.351/.349, 0 HR, 25 RBIs, 59 SB, 1 game-winning homer in World Series
2007: ?

A one-year contract makes perfect sense!

It will be interesting to see what shakes out in the OF for the Sox. The only thing settled is that Dye will be in right, but left and center should be some combo of Podsednik, Brian Anderson, Josh Fields, and Jerry Owens. Rob Mackowiak has no business playing center or even playing every day. Hopefully two of those guys will step up and take the jobs and provide good defense and some hitting. Really, the Sox have a very good core lineup with Dye, Thome, Konerko, Iguchi, Pierzynski, and Crede. With a month longer rest this year, hopefully Buerhle will regain his form, and the rest of the staff will approach their 2005 levels. Don't count them out yet.



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Problem is, Game 2 homer aside, Pods has not been the same since Aug. 2005 when he got the double hernia. So now he's a speed guy who can't run. And that's bad. Otherwise I'd love the idea that 2007 has to be his good year.

I just don't like the team as it stands now. Dye had a beyond career year and is likely to regress. Thome fell apart in the second half and may be running out of gas. Pierzynski had a sub .200 against left handers in a division full of them. Crede has lingering back problems. Vazquez is a head case. Contreras might be 80 and lost his form with injury. And the bullpen has a smoking crater for half of it. The idea that we're going to go into 2007 with Boone Logan, Sean Tracey, Juan (lowest OBP in the AL) Uribe, Scott Podsednik, and Brian Anderson all playing crucial roles makes me a very unhappy camper.

That said, I was there for the night Josh Fields hit his first MLB home run, and I think he has a bright future, which is why I think Crede will not be offered a long-term deal.

I just keep reminding myself "they won it all in 2005. they won it all in 2005." That keeps me from getting too despondent over our lack of movement.





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.78
    Originally posted by spf
    Problem is, Game 2 homer aside, Pods has not been the same since Aug. 2005 when he got the double hernia. So now he's a speed guy who can't run. And that's bad. Otherwise I'd love the idea that 2007 has to be his good year.

    I just don't like the team as it stands now. Dye had a beyond career year and is likely to regress. Thome fell apart in the second half and may be running out of gas. Pierzynski had a sub .200 against left handers in a division full of them. Crede has lingering back problems. Vazquez is a head case. Contreras might be 80 and lost his form with injury. And the bullpen has a smoking crater for half of it. The idea that we're going to go into 2007 with Boone Logan, Sean Tracey, Juan (lowest OBP in the AL) Uribe, Scott Podsednik, and Brian Anderson all playing crucial roles makes me a very unhappy camper.

    That said, I was there for the night Josh Fields hit his first MLB home run, and I think he has a bright future, which is why I think Crede will not be offered a long-term deal.

    I just keep reminding myself "they won it all in 2005. they won it all in 2005." That keeps me from getting too despondent over our lack of movement.








Vazquez is a National League pitcher. He gives up way to many hits to be successful in the American League where you don't have the virtual automatic outs at 8 and 9 to minimize damage.
Contreras missed having El Duque to lean on.
Why would the White Sox not sign Joe Crede to a 10 year contract immediately though? He is the best defensive 3rd baseman in the past 50 years. That is someone you should tie up as quickly as possible.
Keep hope alive that Uribe will be in prison and you won't have to worry about him.
If the Red Sox are dumb enough to trade Manny, I'm hopeful they have the slightest bit of intelligence to at least trade him to the National League.
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