Scott Podsednik rumors popped up a little while ago and really started gathering steam, as NL West rivals San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all inquired as to his availability and cost. The winner of this B-level sweepstakes? The LA Dodgers.
Podsednik, 34, has sustained the gains he made a year ago with the White Sox, having batted .309/.352/.400 for the Royals from the top of the order, with a red-hot July. With the Dodgers, he's expected to start in left field until Manny Ramirez returns from the DL, at which point he'll serve as the fourth outfielder. Even behind Ramirez, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier, Podsednik figures to get plenty of playing time down the stretch.
May is a 25 year old catcher who's posted an .848 OPS on the year in a hitter-friendly AAA ballpark. Pimentel is a 22 year old right-handed starting pitcher who's shown a live arm in his first exposure to A-ball.
What remains to be seen is how the Giants and Padres choose to respond to this addition, if they respond at all. Be sure to check out more at Royals Review, SB Nation Kansas City, SB Nation Los Angeles, and True Blue LA.