Scott Podsednik hit .304 last year for the White Sox. ((Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images))

Outfielder Scott Podsednik and the Kansas City Royals have agreed on a one-year contract, a deal that includes a 2011 option.

Podsednik, who passed a physical on Friday, is likely play to centre and gives the Royals some speed at the top of the lineup with left-fielder David DeJesus.

Kansas City started Coco Crisp in centre last season but he injured a shoulder after 49 games.

After the Royals declined Crisp's 2010 option, he signed with Oakland.

Podsednik had one of his best seasons with the Chicago White Sox last year, hitting .304 with 48 runs batted in, 75 runs and 30 steals.

He has a .277 career average with 249 RBIs and 266 stolen bases in nine major league seasons.