Ben Cherington has been busy with a couple of minor league deals over the past few days. Yesterday the Sox acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik (right) from the Phillies and today, they traded first baseman Jeff Larish to the Pirates. Podsednik had been playing for the Phillies' AAA team in Lehigh Valley, and was not particularly impressing to start the season-- he was only .203/0/4 in 74 minor league at bats. However, Podsednik has shown his true skill this year, which has pretty much been his main skill throughout his entire career: speed, as he has stoled six of seven bases this year. Yesterday, the Sox got Podsednik from the Phillies in return for cash considerations. In a similar move, they traded Jeff Larish to the Pirates in return for cash considerations. The Red Sox had signed Larish a few weeks ago, and he was yet to start a game in their organization. Larish was not a huge loss for the Sox, and chances are that Podsednik will not be a huge gain. Podsednik will, however, bring some speed to the table-- something not seen much since Jacoby Ellsbury's injury.