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Friday, January 3, 2014

MLB Notes: Freddy Sanchez, Scott Podsednik mulling comeback attempts

By on 1/03/2014 11:38:00 PM

It wasn't terribly long ago that Freddy Sanchez and Scott Podsednik were valued Major League starters, spearheading the way to October glory as the providers of memorable offensive contributions for their respective championship teams.

Unable to shake off the relentless pursuit of Father Time, debilitating injuries and ineffective play have essentially put an end to their once blessed careers with little fanfare. Assumed retired after failing to play in 2013, it comes as some surprise that both players are in fact, considering a comeback.

According to sources close to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish and Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive,com, Sanchez and Podsednik are both open to returning to the game after an extended leave of absence.

Cotillo notes that 36-year old Sanchez has not officially retired, and would contemplate a comeback bid under the right circumstances. The three-time All-Star last appeared in 2011, posting a .289/.332/.397 batting line in 261 plate appearances before dislocating his shoulder and undergoing season ending surgery shortly thereafter. An aborted comeback attempt in 2012 was further complicated by back surgery and despite filing for free agency in October, the second basemen decided to sit out 2013 after only receiving a minimal amount of interest in the offseason.

Podsednik, last appeared in 2012 as member of the underachieving Boston Red Sox hitting .303/.322/.352 in 216 plate appearances. According to his representation, the soon to be 38-year is rejuvenated and ready to resume his career after sitting out the entirety of 2013 after not finding a deal sufficient to his liking. The former All-Star apparently cherished his lone season in Boston, and has a desire to return to the World Champions if they reciprocate his interest.

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