Back in November the Dodgers exercised their half of a $2 million mutual option on Scott Podsednik, but a couple days later he declined his side of the option and chose free agency instead.
After spending four months in search of a better deal Podsednik has signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays, meaning he’s not even guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster, let alone $2 million.
In fairness to Podsednik he seemingly has a good chance to make the team and perhaps even begin the season as Toronto’s primary leadoff man if the Blue Jays decide to use Jose Bautista at third base. Of course, he likely would have been the Dodgers’ primary leadoff man too, and wouldn’t have had to spend the next six weeks fighting for a job (and perhaps a lesser salary) first.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.