Scott Podsednik was an everyday player for the Royals. In recent weeks he had really come on strong, including a 15-game hitting streak, which was good for his value at the MLB trade deadline.
The acquisition of Podsednik at the very least means dramatically less playing time for Xavier Paul, who has started 13 of the last 21 games since Manny Ramirez was placed on the disabled list. Podsednik will likely become the everyday left fielder at least until Ramirez gets back, and even then given Manny's fragility, Podsednik figures to see quite a bit of playing time down the stretch for the Dodgers.
Ramirez is on the disabled list (again) so if he goes down anymore, it'll be Podsednik helping to fill the void in the outfield.