Head for the Hills, Podzilla is Back!
Look who reared his ugly head. That's right, Scott Podsednik.
Podzilla was resigned for 1-year and $2.9 million dollars.
Before you panic, though, or go off blindly into a fit of rage, please read on. This doesn't signify the continutaion of the S-Pod reign in left field, far be it. This is a lateral move if anything.
Pods was due up for arbitration and odds are he was going to get around $3 mill, maybe a touch more. KW did the right thing by signing Pods to a slightly smaller contract while avoiding abitration all together. The important thing to remember is the fact that just because he signed with us, doesn't mean he'll be playing out his contract with us.
The winter meetings are coming up, and this move probably increases his value in the eyes of potential pursuers. Think about it, would you rather trade for a guy with a known salary or would you rather trade for a guy and THEN worry about arbitration? Yah, I'd take the known commodity as well.
Also, keep in mind this is the year of the ridiculous contract for a lead-off man. See Soriano, Alfonso or Pierre, Juan. With a bargain basement contract (relatively speaking), Pods can only look more attractive now than he did yesterday. Kenny has to be able to parlay Pods into something, he's too good of a GM not to. I say by the end of the winter meetings Pods is wearing a new uni.