Padres to release Jim Edmonds

by on May 9, 2008 · 0 comments

As a big, big Jimmy Edmonds fan, this news makes me sad. I’ll always remember the 2004 NLCS, Jim.

Ken Rosenthal of, reports:

Jim Edmonds’ tenure with the Padres lasted 26 games.

The Padres plan to release the center fielder, whom they acquired last Dec. 15 from the Cardinals. An announcement is expected Friday.

Edmonds, who turns 38 on June 27, will become a free agent after he clears release waivers, which is likely to be sometime next week.

His agent, Paul Cohen, said that Edmonds, a 16-year veteran, wants to continue playing.

“Obviously it has been a real bad three weeks for him,” Cohen told “He wishes he would have played better for the fans and the teams. But in the right situation, he’s going to play.”

It is highly unlikely that another team would claim Edmonds and become responsible for the remainder of his $8 million salary, of which the Cardinals are paying $2 million.

Edmonds opened the season on the disabled list with a right calf strain and never produced for a team that has lost 17 of its last 21 games.

He hit one home run in 90 at-bats, and his batting average/on-base/slugging line was .178/.265/.233.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see him catch on somewhere else for the remainder of the season, a la Frank Thomas. Who knows, maybe the Redbirds will find a spot for him as a player/coach.

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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