44-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jim Edmonds in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jim Edmonds Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals in February of 2011.
Edmonds (Achilles) has decided to retire, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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|2008 (Multiple Teams)||38||MAJ||SDG/CHN||111||401||340||53||80||41||19||2||20||55||2||2||55||82||1||3||2||.235||.343||.479||.822|
|2010 (Multiple Teams)||40||MAJ||MIL/CIN||86||272||246||44||68||34||23||0||11||23||2||0||24||60||0||1||1||.276||.342||.504||.846|
|Career (View All)||2011||7,980||6,858||1,251||1,949||855||437||25||393||1,199||67||50||998||1,729||10||65||49||.284||.379||.527||.906|
Jim Edmonds: MLB Games Played By Position
Jim Edmonds Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2008 (Multiple Teams)||38||MAJ||SDG/CHN||401||340||13.7%||20.4%||0.67||76%||.252||.244|
|2010 (Multiple Teams)||40||MAJ||MIL/CIN||272||246||8.8%||22.1%||0.40||76%||.326||.228|
Jim Edmonds: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jim Edmonds.
Edmonds' season ended with him injuring his Achilles' tendon on a home run trot in Milwaukee. He tried to rehab the injury before the NLDS series against the Phillies, but it was to no avail. His comeback season after taking 2009 off was pretty successful when he was able to play, but the injuries became more frequent for him and harder for him to rehab. If he plays another season, he'll be relegated to more pinch-hit and spot start duties. At this point he'd be a better fit in the AL where he could DH to extend his career.
He hasn't played since 2008 and will turn 40 this season, but he did hit 19 home runs with the Cubs in 2008. He'll battle to win a reserve outfielder role with the Brewers.
Left for dead after a terrible start in San Diego, Edmonds was highly productive for the Cubs, posting a .256/.369/.568 line with 19 homers and 49 RBI in 250 at-bats. That's elite production for a center fielder, though keep in mind he was the left-handed side of a platoon with Reed Johnson. Edmonds has since filed for free agency, and we expect the 38-year-old to find a significant role somewhere. The usual caveats apply for someone with his age and injury history.
For the third year in a row, the injury-prone Edmonds saw declines in his batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, doubles, RBI, runs and stolen bases. Moving to PETCO Park won't help that trend as he'll take over as San Diego's center fielder after being traded from St. Louis. He'll likely be platooned against left-handed pitching, so expect a decline in his playing time even if healthy. Edmonds turns 38 this year, and the eight-time Gold Glove winner will probably need to move to corner outfield spot soon, with first base and designated hitter not far behind.
Edmonds' season was his worst in over a decade, other than an injury-plagued 1999. He missed more than 50 games in 2006, many of them due to a June concussion that lingered for months. His shoulder bothered him so much that he needed surgery in November. Still the Cardinals rewarded him with a nice two-year extension that will keep him in center field -- where he's still one of the best -- through 2008. Perhaps they noticed that he drove in 70 runs in just 350 at-bats last year and extrapolated it over a full season, but fantasy owners should not be fooled into making the same mistake.
Edmonds' numbers took a big downturn last year from his 2004 levels, dropping 38 points in batting average, 13 HR, 22 RBI and more than 100 points in slugging. He typically slows down in the second half and 2005 was no different, when his numbers dropped across the board. Despite all this, he's still a heck of a hitter, though you might want to use him as trade bait if he posts big numbers in the first half.
A special player who continues to improve, Edmonds had career highs for home runs (42), RBI (111) and slugging percentage (.643). Add to the mix that he won his fifth straight gold glove and you have the complete package. Despite nagging injuries in 2004, Edmonds did not land on the disabled list and kept his numbers headed in the right direction. For whatever reason, Edmonds was most comfortable in the fifth spot in the lineup, hitting .330 with a 1.192 OPS. With Scott Rolen and Albert Pujols in the lineup, the Cardinals can afford to leave him there.
Most of the attention Edmonds gets is for his glove, but he's been a ridiculous hitter since going to St. Louis. Declining playing time due to nagging injuries is a concern. There are enough people who just don't like him that he might be undervalued in your league.
Edmonds put up another very solid season for the Cardinals in 2002, going .311/.420/.561, which was right in line with his first two seasons in St. Louis: .304/.410/.564 in 2001 and .295/.411/.583 in 2000. Nagging injuries (a sprained wrist and a sore knee) limited Edmonds to just 476 at-bats last year, but thatís par for the course for the often reckless centerfielder. Edmonds is prone to deep slumps and long hot streaks over the course of the season, but as wildly inconsistent as he seems to be over short periods, few players in the league have turned in such consistent year-end totals.