Prior to the trade Xavier Paul was playing left in Manny Ramirez's absence (15 day DL) and has hit only .252 with 11 RBI. Scott Pod makes a great pickup because one thing they lacked is speed. Rafael Furcal (16 SB) and Matt Kemp (15 SB) are the only base runners of the lineup with more than 10 SB, Scott Pod has 30 SB. He also hits .310, thats higher than everyone except Furcal and the injured Manny Ramirez.
He is exactly what the Dodgers need.
This weekend they ply the rival San Francisco Giants, who are the wild card leaders with a 3 game lead over the Dodgers.