I know how much everyone loves Edmonds on here. So I know this will be a "barn burner" discussion on here; but a co-worker brought this up yesterday.
The Cubs signed Edmonds back in May since his release from SD. He's not an everyday player, that is obvious. The Cubs needed help in the OF with the continuing woes with Soriano.
But what big risk did they take? He passed a physical first, and they are paying him $284,000, the pro-rated amount of the minimum salary. San Diego and St. Louis are responsible for the rest of the $7.7 million he’s owed this year.
And since being a Cub (42 games)... .260 BA .362 OB% .520 SLG% .882 OPS.
Disadvantage: another LH'd bat
And I don't care what anyone says, or how much how anyone may personally dislike the guy, he was one of the premier CFers in the last decade.
I'm looking '08 only.
The minimal financial investment taken, and that he could have been used to strengthen our bench (dump Valentin), and yes, could have taken some of the pressure off of Bruce when it is needed, and even tutored/helped Bruce (which I'm sure, or hoping, Jr is also doing).
A bad move? Why?
If nothing else.... it would give George Grande something to talk about during the games a he slobbered all over his mike.