Edmonds Talks Cards Comeback

12:03pm: SI's Jon Heyman writes that Cohen told him says it's "better than 50-50" that Edmonds signs by the end of next week.

WEDNESDAY, 9:01am: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports talked to Edmonds' agent Paul Cohen yesterday.  Edmonds is serious about playing in 2010.  He's open to a platoon arrangment, possible time at first base, and teams in either league.  Morosi believes Edmonds will lean toward teams with smaller ballparks. 

MONDAY, 2:10pm: B.J. Rains of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat has comments from La Russa regarding Edmonds.  La Russa initially thought Edmonds was joking, but now says a "serious discussion" is in order.

8:05am: At Tony La Russa's animal rescue benefit last night, Jim Edmonds publicly challenged his former manager to bring him aboard for the league minimum in 2010 (MLB.com's Matthew Leach reporting).  Leach is unsure whether Edmonds was serious, however.  Prior to Edmonds' comments, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that the Cardinals were "not entertaining inviting Edmonds to camp."  GM John Mozeliak specifically told Strauss's colleague Derrick Goold (Twitter), "That wasn't in the plans."

Last offseason it appeared that Edmonds planned to play in 2009.  But like Frank Thomas, Luis Gonzalez, Geoff Jenkins, and a handful of other veterans, Edmonds was left out in the cold. If nothing else, Edmonds demonstrated in '08 that he could still hit right-handed pitching.


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87 Comments on "Edmonds Talks Cards Comeback"


thebeaver13
5 years 7 months ago

Why wouldn’t the Cardinals offer him a league minimum contract to be their left handed bat on the bench? He can still spell Holliday and Ludwick in the corner outfield positions and he has payed first base before too. There are worse options out there. And he is a fan favorite.

stl_cards16
5 years 7 months ago

Because usually you would want to know that your “left handed bench bat” can still HIT before you throw money at them. and IMO bench players need to be able to play solid defense. That is a key part to being a good guy off the bench, and I really doubt Edmonds can still play any outfield position well. It just doesn’t make alot of sense for the Cards unless he can still mash!

stl_cards16
5 years 7 months ago

Because usually you would want to know that your “left handed bench bat” can still HIT before you throw money at them. and IMO bench players need to be able to play solid defense. That is a key part to being a good guy off the bench, and I really doubt Edmonds can still play any outfield position well. It just doesn’t make alot of sense for the Cards unless he can still mash!

cardinalsincontentionagain
5 years 7 months ago

The idea of him backing up Rasmus and Luddy is appealing. It is always nice having a fan favorite and veteran in the clubhouse. This guy has a bad UZR but could help in MANY other ways.

This may make my gray Cardinals #15 Edmonds Jersey worth something (Why did Matt have to pick #7?)

thebeaver13
5 years 7 months ago

Why wouldn’t the Cardinals offer him a league minimum contract to be their left handed bat on the bench? He can still spell Holliday and Ludwick in the corner outfield positions and he has payed first base before too. There are worse options out there. And he is a fan favorite.

Rootdown
5 years 7 months ago

So according to this years rumors the Cardinals may have both McGwire and Edmonds in the lineup come september.

Let’s make this happen LaRussa!

Rootdown
5 years 7 months ago

So according to this years rumors the Cardinals may have both McGwire and Edmonds in the lineup come september.

Let’s make this happen LaRussa!

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Edmonds is done period! When he signed with the Padres, he was atrocious in Petco park looking clueless, I would be surprised if he could cover a Pony field!

Not to mention is dilapidating offensive skills, flat out he is done in every aspect of the game, but none the less… a legend in his own mind, that cannot separate ego from reality!

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Edmonds is done period! When he signed with the Padres, he was atrocious in Petco park looking clueless, I would be surprised if he could cover a Pony field!

Not to mention is dilapidating offensive skills, flat out he is done in every aspect of the game, but none the less… a legend in his own mind, that cannot separate ego from reality!

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like Edmonds is looking for LaRussa to rescue him too.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like Edmonds is looking for LaRussa to rescue him too.

rockfordone
5 years 7 months ago

He’s done. Let it go, Jim.

rockfordone
5 years 7 months ago

He’s done. Let it go, Jim.

5 years 7 months ago

He’s worth the league minimum and roster spot just to be a mentor to Colby Rasmus.

lilly18
5 years 7 months ago

This is the best comment on here, a guy that has 8 gold gloves metoring the cardinals young very good center fielder is definently worth league min.

5 years 7 months ago

He’s worth the league minimum and roster spot just to be a mentor to Colby Rasmus.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

Do it Mo!

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 7 months ago

Do it Mo!

$1639238
5 years 7 months ago

The Cardinals have never taken a washed up player who spent a decade as the teams star center fielder, then traded him to the Padres where it looked like their career was over then missed an entire season only to come back for one final year with the Cardinals… Except in 2004 when Ray Lankford did it.

5 years 7 months ago

excellent point……. forgot about that. lol

$1639238
5 years 7 months ago

The Cardinals have never taken a washed up player who spent a decade as the teams star center fielder, then traded him to the Padres where it looked like their career was over then missed an entire season only to come back for one final year with the Cardinals… Except in 2004 when Ray Lankford did it.

i miss brendan ryan's mustache
5 years 7 months ago

If he is serious we should at least give him a ST invite and see what he’s got. We brought a 73yr old Juan Gonzalez to camp.. Why not Jimmy ballgame??

mynameistyler
5 years 7 months ago

Haha, fair point.

mynameistyler
5 years 7 months ago

Haha, fair point.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

Wait what? The Cards did that? When?

5 years 7 months ago

2 years ago.

i miss brendan ryan's mustache
5 years 7 months ago

If he is serious we should at least give him a ST invite and see what he’s got. We brought a 73yr old Juan Gonzalez to camp.. Why not Jimmy ballgame??

stackthedeck
5 years 7 months ago

I think that as long as he’s a 4th or 5th OF, he will be a great addition to the bench. Maybe not playing the field nearly as much would allow him to stay healthy and productive in a bench role. Sign him for the league minimum and if he doesn’t hit, let him go. Where’s the harm? He was productive for the Cubs in 08 and like someone said above, he’d be great for Rasmus.

stackthedeck
5 years 7 months ago

I think that as long as he’s a 4th or 5th OF, he will be a great addition to the bench. Maybe not playing the field nearly as much would allow him to stay healthy and productive in a bench role. Sign him for the league minimum and if he doesn’t hit, let him go. Where’s the harm? He was productive for the Cubs in 08 and like someone said above, he’d be great for Rasmus.