Dbacks announce OF Scott Podsednik, acquired as part of Breslow/Albers deal, declined assignment to Triple-A and was granted his release.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) August 2, 2012
So, all the concern about whether we were going to replace one of our existing outfielders with Podsednik - or, if you prefer, happiness at us having acquired a legitimate leadoff hitter - proved unfounded. Podsednik, as a player with over five years of major-league service, automatically has the right to refuse to go down to the minors, and opt to try his chances as a free agent instead. One imagines the team was largely unsurprised by the development.
It also means the trade with the Red Sox becomes a straight swap of Craig Breslow for Matt Albers. Nick P says, "They think Albers is more valuable than Breslow," but I'm not sure quite why they came to that conclusion. Still, it's not exactly a move which will keep up at nights, worrying about the possible consequences.