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White Sox cut Podsednik; purchase contracts of four others


CHICAGO -- Outfielder Scott Podsednik was cut Tuesday by the
Chicago White Sox, who no longer had a spot for the catalyst of
their 2005 World Series championship team.

The 31-year-old never regained the form he showed in 2005, when
he batted .290 and stole 59 bases, the second-highest total in
franchise history. He hit a pair of home runs during the playoffs,
including a game-ending drive in Game 2 of the World Series against
Houston.

Podsednik was slowed by injuries and batted .243 with 12 steals
and 30 runs scored in 62 games last season, his third in Chicago.
He hit .261 and stole 40 bases in 2006.

Chicago designated him for assignment and has 10 days to trade
him or release him.

The White Sox also purchased the contracts of catcher Cole Armstrong and right-handers Jack Egbert, Lucas Harrell and Adam Russell.