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.
Stephen Strasburg‘s bat was on fire Thursday night in Atlanta. He hit a three-run home run off of Touki Toussaint to cap off an eight-run third inning, then added a two-run single off of Toussaint in the fifth.
The last time a pitcher knocked in at least five runs was on April 11, 2014 when Madison Bumgarner homered and drove in five runs at home against the Rockies. Strasburg is just the seventh pitcher since 2000 to knock in five runs in one game. The others, along with Strasburg and Bumgarner:
- Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) vs. Reds, October 1, 2009 (HR, 6 RBI)
- Jason Marquis (Cubs) vs. Mets, September 22, 2008 (HR, 5 RBI)
- Micah Owings (Diamondbacks) vs. Braves, August 18, 2007 (2 HR, 6 RBI)
- Robert Person (Phillies) vs. Expos, June 2, 2002 (HR, 7 RBI)
- Shawn Estes (Giants) vs. Expos, May 24, 2000 (HR, 5 RBI)
Strasburg is 3-for-3 overall as he also singled to lead off the third. Tonight’s homer marked the fourth of his career and he’s now up to 25 RBI.
Strasburg is performing well on the mound as well. At the time of this writing, he has held the Braves to a lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts over four innings as the Nationals lead 10-1.