Phillies sign Podsednik to minor league deal

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The Phillies have signed outfielder Scott Podsednik to a minor-league deal. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Phillies have signed former stolen base champ Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal, according to Fox Sport's Ken Rosenthal.

Podsednik had a solid season last year for the Royals and Dodgers, hitting .297/.342/.382 with 35 steals in 595 plate appearances. He was much better in Kansas City than he was in Los Angeles. Podsednik has played all three outfield positions, although the majority of his playing time has come in left field and center field.

Podsednik was hitting .254/.365/.352 with three steals in 85 plate appearances in the Blue Jays' minor league system. Toronto released Podsednik, who battled planta fasciitis in spring training.

Podsednik gives the Phillies depth, particularly at center field, where Shane Victorino is currently on the disabled list.


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