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Edmonds Option To Be Declined?

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an informative look at how the Cardinals will reshape their team this winter. 

Aside from a major rotation makeover, there's also the issue of Jim Edmonds's $10MM option.  According to Strauss:

"The Cardinals are increasingly unlikely to assume Edmonds' $10 million option for 2007, an issue complicated by the Gold Glove outfielder's ongoing struggle with post-concussion syndrome, according to club sources."

I have a lot of faith in Strauss's club sources, and this has definitely been the vibe lately.  Edmonds himself feels that it will be declined.

I know it's been a disappointing year for Edmonds, but I have to get up on my soapbox again:  exercising his option is a no-brainer for the Cardinals.  They need a center fielder.  Edmonds is still well above average.  The decision to exercise the option is essentially the decision to give him a one year, $7MM deal (given the $3MM buyout price).  What team, in need of a center fielder, wouldn't take Edmonds at that price and length? 

Teams do this all the time: they pass over the best option because he's the in-house option.  No other good reason.  Kind of reminds me of when the Cubs let Moises Alou walk after 2004.  Say Edmonds had been a Yankee all his life, put up the exact same numbers, same contract, same post-concussion problems.  Brian Cashman inexplicably buys him out this winter.  Instead of testing the free agent waters, Edmonds tells Walt Jocketty he wants to be a Cardinal for one year, $7MM.  Is there any chance in hell Jocketty would turn that down?

The alternatives: throw Juan Encarnacion out there, or sign one of these guys.  I'm a big fan of the former option, because it rights the wrong that was signing Encarnacion to a three year, $15MM deal.  I wish the Cubs would do this with Jacque Jones.  A .776 OPS looks a lot better coming from CF than RF.  The only catch is that Jocketty would then need to sign Moises Alou, Jose Guillen, Trot Nixon, or Gary Sheffield for right field.  If that's the solution, I'll stop griping about Edmonds because that's not bad at all.

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The siyuation you play here with Edmonds and the Yankees reminds me alot of the Jon Lieber situation in 2004 with the Yankees were as you say "pass over the best option because he's the in-house option."-The Yankees ended up regreting to this day not picking up that option while Lieber won 17 games for the Phillies in 05 Wright and Pavano(replacements for Lieber)Sucked up the Yankee rotaion.

In the end i think the same will be said for the Cardinals if they dont pick up this option.

The price is low and alot of teams may be in the market!

1.Angels
2.Red Sox(if they trade Crisp)
3.Braves(if they trade Jones)
4.Cubs
5.Astros

Let's get pedantic! I don't get the $7mm claim. If he's due $10mm and the option is exercised, it's still a $10mm option. It still costs $10mm. Certainly the Cards are on the hook for $3mm if he walks, but how can that penalty be subtracted from the $10mm obligation

Not sure why you say I am being pedantic. You have to pay Edmonds $3MM to leave but not if he stays. $3MM comes off the bottom line if you keep him.

I was being pedantic, not you. If he stays, the Cards save the $3mm, but they still have to pay him $10mm. The $3mm is a condition subsequent to the denial of the option: They aren't on the hook for it unless it's declined. Because the buyout never arises until the option is declined, picking up the option is a straight up $10mm expense.

You know what? Who cares. I'm totally wasting everyone's time. Sorry.

I don't see the Angels bidding on Edmonds, especially if they're serious about taking a run at Tejada. Sox would be more likely to turn center over to Peña, Murphy, and maybe Ellsbury. I don't see the Braves giving a contract to someone with Edmonds age and price.

Cubs, likely if they can't retain Pierre. Astros, likely since they need a cf. Padres, if they can't keep Roberts and lose out on Zito and get desperate to make a splash in the market.

Braves sign him to play Left and keep Jones

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