Free-agent outfielder Scott Podsednik keeps getting linked to his most recent team, the Dodgers.
Turns out that the other club in greater Los Angeles — the Angels — might be a better fit.
The Angels, in need of a leadoff man, are showing interest in Podsednik, according to major-league sources.
Podsednik, 34, likely would play left field, the position the Angels had reserved for free agent Carl Crawford, who instead signed with the Red Sox.
The Dodgers would prefer a right-handed hitter to go with Jay Gibbons in left field, and might wait until spring training to address that need.
Another option for the Dodgers would be to play Tony Gwynn Jr. in center, Matt Kemp in right and Andre Ethier in left.
Johnny Damon, 37, could be another fit for the Angels, but the level of the team’s interest in him is unclear.
Shortstop Erick Aybar, the Angels’ primary leadoff hitter last season, had only a .306 on-base percentage, though he was better when batting first, posting a .336 OBP.
The Angels, following the free-agent defection of third baseman Chone Figgins, ranked only eighth in the AL with a .325 OBP out of the leadoff spot. The Mariners led the league at .360, followed by the Yankees at .358.
Podsednik seemingly would be well-suited for the Angels' aggressive style under manager Mike Scioscia. He had a .342 OBP last season for the Royals and Dodgers, and stole 35 bases in 50 attempts.
Damon had a .355 OBP for the Tigers, matching his career mark. However, he is challenged defensively in left, and the Angels plan to use Bobby Abreu at DH.
— Ken Rosenthal