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Podsednik to Dodgers: Impact On Dodgers Going Forward

ATLANTA - JUNE 19:  Scott Podsednik #22 of the Kansas City Royals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Todd BoldizsarAnalyst IJuly 29, 2010

According to the MLB Network and ESPN.go.com, the Dodgers have acquired OF Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league catcher Lucas May and minor league pitcher Elisaul Pimental. The Dodgers will pay the remaining $650,000 on Podsednik's contract. 

Podsednik adds depth in an injured outfield while becoming the fourth outfielder for the Dodgers. Podsednik provides experience, leadership and speed to the Dodgers, and he is also currently hitting .309 while collecting 30 steals.

The move comes just hours after rumors surfaced that the Dodgers had dropped out of the races for Marlin's outfielder Cody Ross.

Podsednik comes to the Dodgers as a bargain, and the prospects the Dodgers surrendered didn't seem to factor in to the near future. Lucas May has seen success in the organization as other catchers were injured, but with a healthy Brad Ausmus, it seemed as though May was going to finish the season in the minor league system. 

The Royals had their eye on Elisaul Pimental, and the Dodgers obliged. From a Dodgers perspective, they didn't give up much to get a veteran outfielder who will provide depth at a great price.

The Dodgers expect Podsednik to be available in the final game of the series against the Padres on Thursday night.

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