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Posednik, who will be 38 years old when the 2014 season begins hit .302 with a .674 OPS in 216 plate appearances for the Local Nine in 2012. He sat out the entire 2013 campaign as he could not find a gig that he was comfortable with, but he has been working out and staying in shape according to his agent Ryan Gleichowski, and will take the diamond again if he finds the right situation.
Posednik hit .387 with a .893 OPS in May and June of the 2012 campaign before he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with right-hander Matt Albers in exchange for left-hander Craig Breslow. He was released shortly following the deal and a week later, the Red Sox resigned him. He hit .263 with a .574 OPS the rest of the way in what was a dismal season for the club.
He has established himself as a threat on the basepaths, stealing 70 bags for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004, and followed that performance up nicely in 2005 as he stole 59 bases and was 12th in the American League MVP voting. His Chicago White Sox also won the World Series that year, ending an 88-year drought.
With the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees, signing Posednik would give the Red Sox a second set of wheels on the basepaths. Shane Victorino is currently the only player on the roster who stole at least 20 bases last year.
If the Red Sox were to sign Podsednik, this would give them depth in addition to speed. As Sox fans found out last year, you do not necessarily need big-name signings in order to win a championship. Rather, multiple, smaller “parts” can also manage to get the job done.