It’s official, Jim Edmonds has signed on with Lou’s crew, one year at the pro-rated league minimum ($284,000). I don’t just like the move, I love it!
Edmonds makes sense for Chicago. His defensive prowess is still there and he’ll provide a little left-handed pop in the order. Not to mention, he’s also playing for peanuts.
Felix Pie, on the other hand, continues to struggle hitting major league pitching. While it would certainly help the youngster to play more often, that’s a risk the Cubs shouldn’t take if they want to win the division.
That being said, I don’t think Pie’s time with the Cubs organization is on the rocks. There’s no question Edmonds is a quick-fix gamble, Pie is still the future in centerfield, as he should be.
Also, I have little doubt Edmonds’ arrival will disrupt the Cubs’ clubhouse, unless the team starts losing: then no one is happy anyway.
In fact, I think Jimmy Ballgame will add a spark to the club, especially if he returns to his old self at the dish.
Clearly, Edmonds is past his prime, but he has valuable experience playing under the pressures of a pennant chase and the post season with St. Louis. Not to mention, he’s performed quite well in October (.277 avg, 12 HR, 42 RBIs).
Really, the only thing left to discuss is where Edmonds will bat in the Cubs’ line-up.
I picture Soriano staying in the leadoff spot followed by Fukudome switching from fifth to second; next are Lee and Ramirez hitting third and fourth followed by Edmonds in the five hole; Geovany Soto will bat sixth with DeRosa and Theriot rounding out the seventh and eighth spots.
One exception to this particular order may have Edmonds hitting fourth to split up the right-handed batting Lee and Ramirez. Although, I’m not sure how comfortable I am with Edmonds hitting cleanup while currently batting .178 (avg).
1 – Soriano LF
2 – Fukudome RF
3 – Lee 1B
4 – Ramirez 3B
5 – Edmonds CF
6 – Soto C
7 – DeRosa 2B
8 – Theriot SS
9 – Pitcher