Scott Podsednik's brief Dodgers career may be over

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Manny Ramirez has been a disappointment in Chicago, but his replacement in Los Angeles hasn’t been any better.
Scott Podsednik has batted just .262 with a .316 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 39 games since the Dodgers acquired him from the Royals in late July, including going 3-for-26 (.115) since Ramirez’s departure, and now he’s expected to miss the rest of the season with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times speculates that Podsednik’s time with the Dodgers is over despite his contract containing a $2 million mutual option for 2011, writing: “Given his age, lack of power, and foot trouble I can’t see the Dodgers bringing him back unless it’s as a backup.”
Perhaps, but if the Dodgers thought enough of Podsednik to trade a pair of prospects for him six weeks ago and hand him the starting job in left field while getting rid of Ramirez they seemingly think he’s worth $2 million for a full season. Whether or not they’d be right to think that is another issue, of course.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.