Cardinals To Sign Jim Edmonds

Jim Edmonds is returning to St. Louis after a three-year absence. The Cardinals announced that they agreed to sign Edmonds to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, (Twitter link).

It appeared likely that Edmonds would retire last weekend, but the 40-year-old is returning for an 18th season in the major leagues. Eight of those seasons came in St. Louis, where Edmonds hit .285/.393/.555 from 2000-07 and was a key player on the '06 World Champions.

Edmonds appeared in just 86 games last year after sitting out the 2009 season, but he can still play. He posted a .276/.342/.504 line for the Reds and Brewers, adding 11 homers and 23 doubles. The eight-time Gold Glove winner played first base and all three outfield positions.


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83 Comments on "Cardinals To Sign Jim Edmonds"


4 years 5 months ago

I thought he was retiring

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

I wonder if they are hiring him so he can retire as a Cardinal?

Cubbie
4 years 5 months ago

That Is a good point

The_BiRDS
4 years 5 months ago

Obviously… He will add depth and security incase Berkman is a fail.. He will get plenty at bats as a bench player and will retire next year.. Finally.

Welcome back Jimmy!

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

Sure…unless his comeback with the Cards turns out to be a non-starter.
In that case he’d probably just retire outright, no?

The_BiRDS
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe, I dont see the club house saying no to Jimmy. Even if he isnt the best in spring training.. If there is something physically wrong, yes. If he plays poor in spring training I still think he will make the club. Good guy to have in the clubhouse and he can still hit so we know at least he will be a bench hitter/coach. Cards can always send him back down and bring him back up.

4 years 5 months ago

They said no to him LAST year. He offered to come back for the league minimum, and the Cards passed. My guess is he’ll miss the roster and then go to another team. There just isn’t room for him as long as everybody is healthy. Let’s face it: Jon Jay is a more productive lefty off the bench these days

Lanidrac
4 years 5 months ago

Not necessarily. Jay started off hot but then cooled downed severly over the last two months. It remains to be seen if he can consistently handle Major League pitching well enough to get the roster spot over Edmonds.

WolandJR
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe they can stuff him and stick him in center field.

DepletedOrange
4 years 5 months ago

wat

s8n666
4 years 5 months ago

I hope this means they are trading Rasmus to the Cubs for Fukudome

mojowo11
4 years 5 months ago

Whatever you’re smoking, share with the class, please.

4 years 5 months ago

lmao. yeah. that’ll never happen. Besides, Colby is a center fielder. Wasn’t your center fielder one of only two guys on the team to hit .300 last year, genius? Guess that means we’d get Marlon Byrd, too? Still, no thanks

4 years 5 months ago

WTF?!??

4 years 5 months ago

trading to rasmus for fukudome would be the worst decision the cardinals could make..

EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

Not for the Cubs.

s8n666
4 years 5 months ago

No, trading Holliday, Rasmus, Pujols and Carpenter for Fukudome would be the worst decision the Cardinals could make. You know this was a joke, right?

Cubbie
4 years 5 months ago

And wanerite

JST1331
4 years 5 months ago

It’s wainwright

Cubbie
4 years 5 months ago

No it wouldnt be it would be awesome because the cubs would get rasmous and fukeadome sucks

EdinsonPickle
4 years 5 months ago

This is awesome! Even if he doesn’t make it and retires, he still gets to retire with the team he played his best seasons with.

gunsnascar
4 years 5 months ago

the angels?

4 years 5 months ago

He definitely can’t still play. He has a hard enough time jogging the bases.

Ethanator99
4 years 5 months ago

Ha. He has to be one of the only people to get injured during a homerun trot

4 years 5 months ago

How about Kendry Morales?

mattevilspawn
4 years 5 months ago

Ha. Good point. But Kendry’s injury happened during a home run “jump”. If Edmonds tried a jump like that, his leg would probably fall off like a derelict zombie part. 😉

4 years 5 months ago

Didn’t Zambrano get hurt both in batting practice as well as sleeping in a hotel bed two years ago? Now THAT’S ridiculous

4 years 5 months ago

Jimmy Baseball back in the STL, Love it!!!!!!

Pete
4 years 5 months ago

I like this, even though it appears that he just wants to retire a Cardinal.

danthebaseballman
4 years 5 months ago

Your definitely right!

Jiujitsu411420
4 years 5 months ago

Uh oh if TLR has his way this will mean even less playing time for Rasmus. We all know he loves playing his veterans. The less playing time for Rasmus the better for the rest of the central. Gotta love it!

4 years 5 months ago

Rasmus is going to play a ton and I think this is his breakout year!!

The_BiRDS
4 years 5 months ago

Rasmus start every game.. trust me

adieuordie
4 years 5 months ago

when was the last time any player on a team managed by la russa started every game? even pujols gets days off.

4 years 5 months ago

Said the guy whose team may NEVER win. lol. Love trash talkin scrub fans! Hey- doesn’t it feel great when your team wins the big game? Oh wait…………… HA!!

4 years 5 months ago

I’m pretty sure this is just to give him the opportunity to retire a Cardinal. We’ll see if he’s content with playing in the minors until August or someone gets injured. I mean how many left handed bats do we need in the outfield? Rasmus, Berkman, Jay…..Edmonds

Lanidrac
4 years 5 months ago

If Edmonds makes the team, then Jay will be in AAA.

mattevilspawn
4 years 5 months ago

I hope you’re right. Seeing Jay in the OF last year, it certainly looked like he could use a little more time in the MiLB developing – defense, in particular. Like the talent, but he still looks a little raw.

4 years 5 months ago

The Red Sox “signed” Garciaparra to a pseudo-deal awhile back specifically so he could technically retire with the team. So far St. Louis hasn’t made it look like that’s all this is. Might be to have him around in Spring Training as part of the team for leadership etc. but they must see some value in him aside from on-field production…

The_BiRDS
4 years 5 months ago

Ya normally players will sign a one day contract to retire.. they will have Jimmy for the year and he will retire at the end

vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

Oh my could you picture alot of pop fly doubles if Edmonds and Berkman were in the outfield together , and i mean edmonds now , not six years ago, that being said welcome home Jimmy

Lanidrac
4 years 5 months ago

When you were one of the best center fielders around in your prime, your defensive skills don’t depreciate that much by your early 40’s. Besides, part of what made him such a great center fielder is his uncanny sense of knowing immediately which direction to take to the ball, which is not something you lose with age as long as you keep playing. He should still be a pretty good defensive outfielder.

vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

no doubt he still knows were the ball will bounce but are those knees gonna take him there , he looked pretty bad last year hobbling around, hopefully he is healthier this year and in left field

4 years 5 months ago

Makes you wonder if the Cards are planning for a veteran replacement just in case their other veteran replacement (Berkman) doesn’t work out…

disgustedcubfan
4 years 5 months ago

I like Edmonds, but if he sees any significant time in the Cardinals outfield, it could be a long summer in St. Louis.

4 years 5 months ago

edmonds exterminating service returns !

Cubbie
4 years 5 months ago

They are putting berkmen in the out field?

The_BiRDS
4 years 5 months ago

Um.. where have you been??? They signed Berkman as an OF… where else would they put him? 1st base and have Albert take a seat? Typical Cubs fan…

BlueCatuli
4 years 5 months ago

Typical?

brian310
4 years 5 months ago

thinks he’s refering to Cubs fans not knowing baseball outside of their own team

Brit Finnegan
4 years 5 months ago

Good thing the Cardinals are taking care of Albert’s contract. I love Jimmy baseball, but we already signed a broke outfielder who can’t run. Maybe he will take Big Mac’s spot after Tony leaves.

Ferrariman
4 years 5 months ago

im so confused. Oh well, we had randy winn taking a roster spot and doing nothing last year, at least Edmonds is a face people will want to watch.

Redbirds16
4 years 5 months ago

Jimmy can platoon and play the corners, even if Berkman and Holliday already have them pretty much locked up. I’ll take Edmonds over Jay on the 25 man anyway.

The Cards are going all in on building a good clubhouse this year after last year’s apparently sour chemistry. Obviously, I don’t know, but I’d think it a good deal if Jimmy is signed as a kinda player-coach (plays until he can’t anymore then stays with the organization as a coach…).

adieuordie
4 years 5 months ago

but who does he platoon with? not pujols or holliday, and it doesn’t make sense to platoon him with rasmus or berkman. i guess he’s just going to be a bench bat/late inning replacement.