Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds has the right to veto any deal as a 10-and-5 player. And while the Cardinals have never asked him to approve a deal, he said recently that he’d be open-minded if the team wanted to move him.
Edmonds makes another $3.66MM this year, plus $8MM in 2008. Some of this year’s salary is deferred without interest until 2010-19, making it even better. I have to admit I liked the two-year $19MM pact when it was signed in November of 2006. But the Cardinals did have the choice of simply exercising Edmonds’ $10MM option for ’07 instead of extending him through ’08.
Would Edmonds pass through waivers? Probably. He hasn’t shown that he’s able to stay healthy and find a rhythm at age 37. While his salary for next year isn’t too bad, it still might be a waste of money. Not that the Cardinals would ever help the Cubs, but an Edmonds acquisition would make some sense right now.