Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds
48-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals in February of 2011.
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February 18, 2011
Edmonds (Achilles) has decided to retire, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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His injury simply wasn't recovering to the point where the 40-year-old wanted to continue pushing his way back toward a roster spot with the Cards this spring. The eight-time Gold Glove winner retires with a career .284/.376/.527 line and 393 homers in 2,011 games between six MLB clubs.
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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 that’s 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.
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OFSt. Louis Cardinals  
Achilles
February 15, 2011
Manager Tony La Russa does not expect Edmonds (Achilles) be ready when full-squad workouts begin Saturday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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OFSt. Louis Cardinals  
February 13, 2011
Edmonds has yet to take a physical for the Cardinals, and his status is still unclear heading into spring training, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Jim Edmonds: Signs Minor League Deal With Cardinals
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  
February 4, 2011
Edmonds signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals on Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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OFCincinnati Reds  
Achilles
October 5, 2010
The Reds' final playoff roster spot will come down to either Edmonds (Achilles) or Juan Francisco, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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OFCincinnati Reds  
Achilles
September 26, 2010
Edmonds (Achilles) isn't optimistic that he'll be available to play again this season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I don't see it getting better," he said.
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