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Scott Podsednik Refuses Triple-A Assignment, Released By D-Backs

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June 10, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Scott Podsednik (26) makes a catch during the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
June 10, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Scott Podsednik (26) makes a catch during the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

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.