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Jim Edmonds had surgery on his Achilles tendon last month

Feb 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

Jim Edmonds swing

Jim Edmonds surprised many around the game by signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals yesterday. The 40-year-old outfielder was limited down the stretch last season due to a left Achilles injury, but he decided to return for his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon last month.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Edmonds is no lock for the team.

“There is still some uncertainty about where he is physically. I’m not writing him in any way yet. It’s an opportunity.”

Edmonds will still have to pass a physical early next week. He could earn $1 million if he spends the entire season with the team.

If healthy, we know Edmonds can still rake. After sitting out the entire 2009 season, he batted .276/.342/.504 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 272 plate appearances between the Brewers and Reds last season. He was also just as useful as ever against right-handed pitching, batting .285 with nine homers and an .871 OPS over 200 at-bats.

It’s hard to really get worked up over a minor league deal, as Edmonds could prove to be a pretty capable backup outfielder for the club. He would also give Tony LaRussa one more reason to bench Colby Rasmus on occasion. And let’s face it, that always makes for excellent blog-fodder.

  1. metalhead65 - Feb 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    hopefuly he does for the cards what he did for the reds and that would be next to nothing.his numbers last year were decent but he did most of it for the brewers,the guy was injured more than he played for the reds. and when you injure yourself on a home run trot shouldn’t that be a sign it is time to hang it up? maybe diving after all those balls he did not have to is catching up to him.but hey it looked good on sportscenter right?

    • Adam - Feb 5, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      Actually he never dove for a ball he didn’t have to. He dove for them because he played so shallow. Do I think he’s crazy for doing that? Yes. Did it allow him to cover more ground? Yes.

      He knew exactly how far he could be away from the wall and still make the play on an average ball put into play. He and Andruw were two of the best to play CF over the past 2 decades, if not longer.

    • poison66 - Feb 6, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      The dude played real shallow, so he was gambling alot and HAD to dive. Give the guy his due…

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