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Another left-handed speed option for left field

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 29, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Now that Jason Bay has signed with the Mets, the other left fielders on the free agent market might start to fall into place.

I’ve spent most of the afternoon catching up on emails, and I was surprised at how many times Scott Podsednik’s name was mentioned as a possible left field option for the Yankees.

Not that I dislike Podsednik, but isn’t he just an older version of Brett Gardner?

Gardner hit .270 with a .345 on-base percentage and a .379 slugging percentage last year. He stole 26 bases in 31 attempts (an 83.87 percent success rate).

Podsednik is a career .277 hitter with a .340 on-base percentage and a .381 slugging percentage. He’s stolen 266 bases in 353 attempts (a 75.35 percent success rate).

Both are left-handed. Gardner has better minor league numbers and is seven years younger. Podsednik has better numbers in 2009, but his numbers were pretty uninspiring in 2007 and 2008, which is why his past three contracts have been minor league deals.

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Also, yes, I forgot Javier Vazquez in my morning post. He’s obviously locked into a major league job in the rotation. That’s 15 roster spots and 15 roles that are already defined — and they are 15 of the most important spots on the team — which tells you there’s not much work to be done. This Yankees team is close to being set.

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