With Quentin coming back, the outfield situation becomes tricky. Even if Podsednik comes down to earth a little offensively, he should remain an everyday starter as a leadoff hitter. But where would he play in the outfield with Quentin playing left field? Moving him to centerfield is risky given his spotty defense. I don't think Kenny or Ozzie would be up for doing that. With JD though, there is no other option.
So there will be a logjam in the outfield unless a trade is made. Both Pods and Dye would have good value. Pods does because he is a rare leadoff hitter with no contractual obligations. JD does because he is a darn good hitter. Pods is less reliable than Dye, but Dye has a $14 mil player option (if traded) which is unappealing. I would hate to see either of these players traded because they are both White Sox heroes and they are both contributing a lot to this current team. But is there any way that we can not trade one of the two? Also, could anyone comment on how well of a right field Pods or Quentin could play?
Also is it realistic for the White Sox to keep Beckham at third base the rest of the season and expect to make the playoffs and possibly go further? I do think so, but isn't it worth considering moving him to shortstop and moving Alexei to second with Fields playing third and Getz on the bench? Coming off the bench, Fields is performing better offensively. If Getz (.247/.305/.344) is not a significantly better hitter than Fields (.234/.317/.366) than why not go with the safer defensive formation? I know that Getz adds a left handed at bat, but Getz is not hitting righties any better than lefties. I don't know who will be better in the long run, but I don't think either player will offensively outperform the other this year.