While the sight of Jim Edmonds hanging onto a first baseman’s mitt may seem a little odd, at least he will temper it with a more familiar uniform next season. Edmonds has signed a minor league deal to return to the Cardinals, his home from 2000-2007 and the place where he compiled 247 home runs and a .947 OPS.
Back then he was one of the smoothest fielders with the caveat that he liked to dive a lot, probably a little too often. Now at 41, he’s mostly a platoon corner outfielder/first base guy with extremely brittle bones. Still, he hit .276/.342/.504 between the Brewers and the Reds last season, and if he can remain healthy, may be a better outfield option than the $8 million Lance Berkman who hasn’t seen outfield grass since 2007.
Edmonds injured his Achilles tendon while rounding on a home run on September 21 and was unable to play for the Reds the rest of the regular season and playoffs. It’s good to see that the possible Hall of Famer’s career won’t end on an ugly home run trot, but I would be shocked if he’s able to log 300 at-bats next season.
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