I guess the Cubs missed the memo that Edmonds is washed up and has been on a noticeable decline for a few years now.
They were talking about Edmonds on KMOX last week and how bad he has looked in San Diego and they were sure some desperate team would probably pick him up.
Low risk move for the Cubs...but I can't see this working out.
Jim Edmonds joins Cubs
By Rick Gano
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO -- Jim Edmonds wasnâ€™t out of work long. The Chicago Cubs agreed to a contract with the 37-year-old outfielder on Wednesday, five days after he was released by the San Diego Padres. | MLB page
â€œHopefully Jimmy still has something left and it was just a bad start,â€ general manager Jim Hendry said.
Reed Johnson has performed well in center and Hendry said Edmonds will have to earn playing time.
â€œThe game is full of history of people that a lot of people were willing to write off and they had a change of scenery and did well again,â€ Hendry said.
â€œMaybe it will give us a little extra that we didnâ€™t anticipate and give Jimmy a fair shot. ... He has to play well and he knows that.â€
To make room for Edmonds, the Cubs optioned outfielder Felix Pie to Triple-A Iowa.
Edmonds flew to Chicago on Wednesday and then passed a physical and will be in uniform Thursday when the Cubs wrap up a four-game series with the team that let him go.
An eight-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star, the 37-year-old Edmonds strained his right calf in a spring training game on March 6 and started the season on the disabled list. He was activated on April 5 and batted .178 in 26 games with one homer and six RBIs -- well below his .286 career average.
â€œI think heâ€™s going to be a motivated player,â€ Hendry said earlier. â€œObviously weâ€™re not going to ask him to have to go out there every single day.â€
Hendry said scouts reported that Edmonds was improving before he was released. Hendry said Edmonds may have tried to come back too soon from the calf injury.
Edmonds had an $8 million salary this year, which is being mostly paid by San Diego. The Padres received $2 million from the St. Louis Cardinals when they acquired Edmonds on Dec. 15 for minor league third baseman David Freese. Chicago will pay Edmonds a prorated share of the $390,000 minimum, which comes to about $290,000.
Edmonds was a key figure in the very heated Cardinals-Cubs rivalry during his eight years in St. Louis. He has 32 career homers against the Cubs, including 17 at Wrigley Field. A left-handed hitter, he might platoon with Reed Johnson in center field.
â€œThere are really no negatives in it,â€ Hendry said. â€œYouâ€™re not giving up players and youâ€™re not spending a lot of dollars. ... Hopefully, heâ€™ll be able to give us a great portion of the Jim Edmonds we all knew and used to fear in a lot of ways. He used to play well against us and played well in this park.â€
The Cubs have been looking for a left-handed hitter.
â€œWhen heâ€™s ready, weâ€™ll get him go out there and let him play some in center field,â€ Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. â€œWeâ€™ll put him out there to play and weâ€™ll see what happens.â€
The addition of Edmonds could make for an interesting situation in the Cubsâ€™ clubhouse. During a 2004 game with the Cardinals, Chicago pitcher Carlos Zambrano twice hit Edmonds with pitches twice and was ejected.
Edmonds also homered in that game and stood at the plate to admire the flight of the ball, angering Zambrano who began to yell at him as he neared the plate after running the bases.
â€œI just told him to run the bases and donâ€™t try to be cocky,â€ Zambrano said after that game.
Zambrano declined comment Wednesday when asked about the arrival of Edmonds in the Cubsâ€™ lineup.
Padres manager Bud Black said he sensed that Edmonds still wanted to play, even after he was released.
â€œThe Cubs know what they need,â€ Black said. â€œHe just felt bad that it didnâ€™t work out. Like I said, he feels like he still has some baseball in him. Heâ€™s a competitor. He has a lot of pride. I think it could be a good fit.â€