I don't know which is a bigger indictment: Jim Hendry claiming Scott Podsednik from the waiver wire or Ken Williams not getting a trade done. Seriously, wasn't Williams obliged to take the first bag of practice balls offered for Podsednik? He's been worthless since the first half of 2005. His less than 70% success rate stealing bases makes him useless offensively, and his defensive abilities are limited to taking bad routes to balls and dropping anything he isn't camped out under. With Neifi Perez suspended for violating league steroid policy (and there's a whole host of humor in that event), Podsednik might well be the worst player in the AL now.
Contreras, on the other hand, cleared waivers. Here's a guy who got old really, really fast. In the second half of 2005 he was just dominating teams. A year and a half later me and my 45 MPH heater could put up a better ERA than this guy. The obvious destination for him is cushy Dodger Stadium. A big stadium in the NL might be the ticket to resurgence for him, even if that resurgence is just a jump to mediocrity. The Dodgers have been scuffling, and they have young depth to work a deal with. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
As to who replaces Contreras in the rotation, well, we know who it isn't; Gavin Floyd. This guy reminds me so much of Scott Ruffcorn it's scary. Gio Gonzalez seems the best candidate, he's been electric this year. With John Danks likely getting shut down for the last month of the season, it might not be a bad time to give Andrew Sisco a shot in the rotation either. He looks like a totally different pitcher starting than he did when he was self-destructing in the bullpen. If Adam Russell gets called up for a look in the bullpen, there's no space left on the 40-man roster for Lance Broadway, who probably should get a look next spring.