Does Scott Podsenik Improve the Kansas City Royals Outfield?

Bruce SarteCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Scott Podsednik #22 of the Chicago White Sox scores against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
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He brings a solid glove, a career .271 average, and a World Series ring to the table.  Does that make him "The Answer" in the Royals center field?

Coco Crisp was brought in last season to fill the gaping hole in the outfield and only succeeded in highlighting how bad the Royals outfield really was. While hitting .228 in only 49 games, Coco didn't snap, crackle, or pop in Royal blue. He was more reminiscent of soggy Frosted Flakes. And yes, you knew there would have to be a cereal joke in here somewhere, didn't you?

But, to be fair, Crisp has never hit below .260 and hadn't played less than 99 games since 2003. Comparatively speaking, if we reach back to 2003, Podsednik has been a solid outfielder who played day in and day out for four consecutive seasons that included a second-place finish in Rookie of the Year Voting, an All-Star Appearance, leading the league in steals, and getting a World Series Ring. But Podsednik was hurt for two seasons, you say...playing less than a full season in that time, you say... true.  But last season he posted a .304 average in 587 plate appearances and swiped 30 stolen bases answering all his critics and proving he can still perform at a big league level.

Does this make the Royals the best outfield in the American League?  Hardly.  But this move is like a cool glass of water in the middle of the desert.