Initial thoughts on Edmonds

I like today’s trade by the Reds for a few reasons.

1. I think Jim Edmonds still has it. Remember that game-winning PH homer he clobbered off of Bronson Arroyo in Milwaukee on July 26? He can still be big in clutch moments.

2. Edmonds is another guy in the clubhouse that’s been there and done that. He has World Series experience. That can only help a mostly stretch-run untested group of young guys. He’s a .274 hitter with a .361 OBP in seven years worth of post-season play, mostly with St. Louis.

3. I think Chris Dickerson and his injuries made the Reds impatient. He’s a good guy with lots of talent, but this trade is about now. If they wanted him here, he would have come up a while ago. He showed he was ready.

One reason to worry about the trade:

Edmonds wasn’t able to play much during the last Reds-Brewers series because of a sore Achilles tendon. It’s nagged him much of the summer. A 40-year-old center fielder with a bad wheel is certainly a concern. Obviously, he can still hit but running is an issue.

But apparently, Edmonds is well enough to start tonight. He’s in the lineup against the Cardinals.

Phillips 4
Nix 7
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Edmonds 8
Bruce 9
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Leake 1

*No 25-man roster move to make room for Edmonds has been revealed yet. Walt Jocketty and Edmonds are meeting with the media at 4 p.m. ET.

*And this from the Reds: Major League Baseball today made a scoring change in the bottom of the second inning of Tue’s 7-6 loss at Pit…the hit by Lastings Milledge originally ruled a double has been changed to an error on Reds 3B Scott Rolen…that scoring change adjusts
the number of earned runs charged to Reds pitchers from 6er to 0er.

 That change lowered Mike Leake’s ERA from 3.86 to 3.43 entering tonight’s start. 

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I’m not too excited about the Edmonds trade, especially with Dickerson tearing it up in AAA. Jockety is starting to freak me out by picking up all of the old Cardinals players. I’ve liked most if not all of his other moves, but at some point, I begin to wonder: has he ever considered anyone that hasn’t played for him in the past? Does he trust our scouts that little?

Dickerson is a nice guy that my wife and I were hoping to see develop into a great player this year. It’s too bad that an injury (he was hit by a pitch, right?) kept him out too long that his opportunity slipped away.

What are we going to be paying Jim Edmonds? I’m assuming that, as a 40 year old, he was on a single year contract. Is that true? What about Dickerson? Was he going to be a free agent after this season? If so, trading him seems a little more reasonable, I guess.

I hope the move works out for us in the short term and that Dickerson finds his way back to Cincy some day.

My initial reaction was very negative, the more that I think about it, I might warm to it a bit as long as he doesn’t play too much CF. Defense has been a big reason that this team has been in contention all year and a 40-year-old with a bad leg doesn’t inspire confidence there. I still want to see Heisey getting at least 1 start a week at each OF position (perhaps 2 in CF) and Stubbs back in there after his (nearly) week off to get his head (and swing) straight.

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