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.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.