Jan
22

Yankees contact Jim Edmonds

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Funny how a simple phone call can garner so much attention.

As you probably heard by this point, the Yankees reportedly contacted Jim Edmonds, who said he wants to play in 2010. Apparently the Yankees have contacted him, and Edmonds, despite his stated desire to play in St. Louis, will consider playing in New York. “That’s a pretty nice situation over there,” he said.

We know the Yankees want to sign a complementary left fielder, so the Edmonds connection was inevitable. I can’t imagine, however, that they’re very serious suitors. The 39-year-old, 40 in July, hasn’t played since 2008, and while he posted good numbers in limited duty for the Cubs, there’s no certainty that he can continue to produce at that level in 2010, especially with a move back to the AL.

For a few years Edmonds was among the best center fielders in baseball, perhaps the best in 2003, when he posted a 1.002 OPS and finished 17 spots behind Juan Pierre in the MVP race, and 2004, when he posted a 1.061 OPS. Those days, however, are far behind him, as he saw a decline in each of the three following years, ending his contract in St. Louis with a .252/.325/.403 campaign. He got off to a rough start in San Diego, too, OPSing .498 before they released him. Again, he played better once in Chicago, but that was over just 298 PA.

Edmonds presents a few problems. First, his defense appears on the decline. UZR typically rated him on the positive side from its inception in 2002 through 2006, but in 2007 he ran into the negatives, and then fell far into the negatives in 2008. He played center field those years, so perhaps a move to left would help cover up his diminished range. But can the Yankees expect even that, given his age and his year away from the game?

His platoon splits present an even bigger problem. During his prime he hit lefties just fine, showing even splits during his peak years of 2003 and 2004. But since 2006 he’s been downright terrible against lefties. This includes a .479 OPS in 2006, .631 in 2007, and .441 in 2008. Those all come in limited samples, and rightfully so. With an already lefty-heavy team, it doesn’t make sense to add yet another lefty who has trouble hitting lefties. The Yanks got into trouble with that in the mid-00s.

As I mentioned in the guide to off-season sanity, we hear plenty of noise and disinformation at this time of year. Maybe the Yankees did contact Edmonds about a possible minor-league deal. Other than that no-risk move, however, I don’t see a reason why the Yankees would pursue him. Maybe they’re just using him as leverage against Damon.

Categories : Hot Stove League

56 Comments»

  1. I’d rather have Tracey Edmonds, Babyface’s ex wife.

  2. Peter says:

    I think what the yankees would like to do would be to add someone with some pop to go with Gardner’s speed…because Gardner plays good defense and has the speed…a power bat to go alongside him would make perfect sense.

    Edmonds did hit some HRs in ’08…perhaps he could do the same in YS but to me his age coupled with his defense inclines me to say “PASS!”.

    But on the other hand…one would have to think he would be dirt CHEAP.

    • I wouldn’t want him on the team even if he PAID the Yankees.

    • Steve H says:

      Even the minimum isn’t cheap enough. He’d be a waste of a roster spot. If you signed him, you’d still need to sign someone who can hit LHP. If Gardner’s platoon partner can’t be another guy who can’t hit LHP, nevermind one who’s well past his prime and didn’t play last year. I’d give him an invite to camp, that’s it. If he found the fountain of youth and you want him on the roster, send Garnder to the minors, but he cannot exist as Gardner’s caddy, it defeats the purpose.

    • Bo says:

      If they’re looking at a Gardner caddy you would think that guy would be a right handed hitter.

  3. UWS says:

    Oh I don’t know. I think it’s pretty horrendously retarded…

  4. Steve H says:

    I don’t want him anywhere near the Yankees. Though I do hope he comes back and has some success, to boost his HOF chances. He has HOF credentials, but his chances aren’t very great in my mind. If he comes back and gets 400 HR’s and 2000 hits, maybe some more of the clowns at the BBWAA would notice how great he was.

  5. radnom says:

    Getting nervous Joe?

    Don’t think we’ve forgotten about your promise if the Yankees sign Edmonds.

  6. Bo says:

    He would have been a good get at this time last yr.

    • Steve H says:

      No. He clearly wasn’t needed last year.

    • Colombo says:

      No, I don’t think so. After his year with SD/Chicago, it was pretty evident he was running on empty. The only way Jim Edmonds should see the new YS is if he buys a ticket or comes in with another team.

  7. mustang says:

    LMAO

    Joe didn’t you say you would eat something on live cam if the Yankees sign a 40 year old?

  8. steve s says:

    I remember the Yanks being hot for Edmonds in the 90′s when he was still an Angel. I’d give Bernie and O’Neill comeback shots before this broken down guy.

  9. mustang says:

    So if 31 is the “wrong side of an offensive player’s peak performance curve.”:

    What’s 40?

    This signing would be so much fun especially if he did anything productive, but that’s just crazy.

  10. A.D. says:

    I’d be fine with this move if all the other candidates had already signed…but they haven’t.

  11. LarryM, FL. says:

    I don’t believe JD would have any concerns about this phone call to Edmonds.

  12. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    We should get Deion Sanders back!

  13. Tubby says:

    I’d put Darrelle Revis in left before Edmonds.

  14. Riddering says:

    “That’s a pretty nice situation over there,” he said.

    Jim Edmonds wants him some rings, steaks, and blowjobs.

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  16. Poopy Pants says:

    Me pants thinks this is a poopish idea.

  17. pete luciano says:

    I hope the Yankees aern’t serious, Edmonds is finished. How do you think Johnny Damom feels now that they’re looking at a washed up 40 yr old who hasn’t played in a year and a half and has no power. This is a blanken joke. They didn’t show Bernie Williams that much respect when he wanted another year, what a joke contacting Edmonds.

    • Steve H says:

      Johnny Damon doesn’t give a damn about their interest in Jim Edmonds. And by the same token, if Johnny Damon would sign for Jim Edmonds money, he’d be wearing the pinstripes. The Yankees have not wronged Johnny Damon one iota by anything they have done this offseason.

  18. whitey says:

    Please, of everything/anything holy: NO!!!!

  19. ROBTEN says:

    Jim Edmonds was outside shoveling the walk when the phone in the den started ringing. “Shoot,” he thought, realizing that Allison and the kids were out at the movies and there was no one else around to answer the phone. His agent had just announced that he was thinking of coming back to baseball and he didn’t want to miss the call. So, shaking off the cold and the slight twinge he felt in his right shoulder, he ran inside to pick up the phone and was surprised to hear the voice of Yankees GM Brian Cashman on the other end.

    “Hey Jim, how’s retired life treating you?”

    “Pretty good, Brian, although you’ve probably heard that I’m thinking about making a comeback.”

    “Yeah, I heard about that. It’s why I’m calling.”

    For a split second, the world seemed to stop. Playing for the Yankees had always been a dream of Jim’s. Ever since he came up with the Angels and watched how the Yankees go about their business he thought about what it would be like to wear the pinstripes. Now he’d get a chance to really show everyone that he belonged…in baseball again, in the Hall of Fame… But more than that, the Yankees needed him and he was ready.

    “Listen, we would like you to give Johnny Damon a call and tell him what it’s like to sit out a year because you and your agent think you’re worth more than you really are.”

    “Yes, I’d love to pla…what?”

    “Yeah, we’d like you to tell Johnny just how much fun you’ve had sitting at home this past year while the game past you by. We think it’d be funny.”

    “You mean…you’re not calling to ask me to play left field”?

    “Are you serious? A 40-year old who hasn’t played in a year? This is the Yankees, not the White Sox!”

    As a tear slowly crept down his cheek and with the sound of Cashman laughing hysterically in the background, Jim realized his dream was over.

    • Steve H says:

      Well done.

    • JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

      Well done! It’s a shame the thread died before you posted it.

      • ROBTEN says:

        Yeah, it took much too long. Perhaps I should turn the ending into a meta-narrative, a la Barth–a commentary on a commentary about life’s disappointments:

        ROBTEN finished his post on “the call” between Edmonds and Cashman. It took longer than he expected, but it was the off-season and so he figured that there was time before another thread would start. Hitting the “Add comment” button, he wondered what the responses would be and if anyone would read it. He waited a few minutes, then refreshed the page. But it had changed. At the top of RAB was not the story about Edmonds, but how many runs the Yankees would score.

        Just then, with the sound of Cashman laughing at Edmonds running over and over again in his mind and a tear forming in the corner of his eye, ROBTEN realized that his dream of having his post read was over.

  20. Joseph M says:

    Anyone have Barry Bonds phone number?

  21. stljack says:

    Jim mentions he would like to come back to the Cardinals this season and all of a sudden the Yankees are “interested” in him. Where was this “interest” last year when Jim sat out the whole season. Yankees management is the MLB version of ambulance-chasers. I hope Jim gets an invite to spring training and shows everyone what I’m sure he can still do on the field. St. Louis fans are rooting for Jim to return to the fans who truly appreciate him as a player.

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