Veteran OF Podsednik re-joins Red Sox

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Veteran OF Podsednik re-joins Red Sox

CLEVELAND In a surprising move for a team that seems ready for an infusion of youth, the Red Sox have signed outfielder Scott Podsednik to a major league deal and returned Ryan Kalish to the minor leagues.
The Sox traded Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with righty reliever Matt Albers in exchange for lefthander Craig Breslow at the July 31 trade deadline, but Podsednik refused to go to the minor leagues and was granted free agency by the D-Backs.
Podsednik, 36, was excellent for the Sox while filling in for injured players. He hit .387 with one homer and seven RBI and .893 OPS in 62 at-bats while filling in as an energy outfielder in Jacoby Ellsbury's absence. Perhaps the move was spurred on by a lower body issue that has nagged at Ellsbury over the past week, but Kalish also hasnt done much with the opportunities given to him this season in Boston.
The young outfielder has hit .203.247.241 in 25 games for the Sox, and hasnt been able to consistently establish himself offensively amid some sporadic playing time in multiple stints in Boston. He was again sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Podsednik gives them a veteran thats accustomed to coming off the bench and maximizing whatever limited playing time can be available with Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Cody Ross all presumably healthy right now.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal was the first to have the report of the Podsednik signing and the demotion of Kalish.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.