Red Sox acquire Scott Podsednik from the Phillies

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As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Red Sox have acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Phillies for cash considerations.

Podsednik will report to Triple-A Pawtucket and Rosenthal notes that he retains the right to opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1.

Podsednik, 36, didn’t play in the major leagues last season and was hitting .203/.289/.216 with one double, four RBI and six stolen bases through 83 plate appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year.

The Red Sox have had some awful luck with injuries in their outfield already, so adding some extra insurance certainly doesn’t hurt, but it would be a pretty bad sign if Podsednik ends up playing for them this season.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.