I admit it, I’m an unabashed Jim Edmonds fan-boy. So naturally, I had a “heck yes!” moment when I read that he had been invited to spring training. I have to say I was sort of disappointed when I saw on the inter-webs that most of the fanbase reaction was of the Chicken Little, “the sky is falling” variety. I’d like to think of myself as a long-standing member with some stature in the hyperventilating prospect geekdom, so yeah, I can see some of the backlash, I suppose. But it’s JIM EDMONDS, people. He was only the best center fielder in the history of the franchise. Where’s the love?
Look, I think younger players like Jon Jay and Allen Craig deserve playing time, but it’s not as if Jim Edmonds hasn’t shown that he still something left in the tank. This invite to spring training is more than a mere victory lap for Edmonds. The man sat out 2009 and then was good for 2.8 WAR in 272 plate appearances last year with Milwaukee and Cincinnati, slugging .504 at the ripe old age of 40, mind you. Erstwhile, Jon Jay fell slugged around .300 the rest of the season after having a “J-Rod” type of July. (Where have you gone, John Rodriguez?)
PECOTA thinks he still can contribute, says Colin Wyers. Marcel has him at projected for a .333 wOBA. OK, so that’s not that great, but look, this is a no-risk move on the Cardinals part. And it has Jim Edmonds finishing his career as a St. Louis Cardinal, which I think is a nice thing. I hope Jon Jay has the courtesy to give him #15 back, and I really do hope the Cardinals retire it when he finally does decide to hang it up for the good.
- Jim Edmonds Is Back With The Cardinals, Sort Of (sbnation.com)