After being shown the door by two different teams in less
than a year’s time Jim Edmonds went to Chicago
with something to prove. He had to prove that he was still a fierce competitor
on the baseball diamond and he accomplished that. Grant it, a .235 batting average is nothing to
sing about but keep in mind that he hit .256 for the Cubs and knocked 19
homeruns (20 on the season) and while still playing a high standard of baseball
in center field. Sure, he may have lost a step or two but lets face it, that only
brings his level of play down to just above average.
Now with free agency looming for Edmonds he seems to be pondering retirement.
The Cubs have mentioned they would like to bring Edmonds back but will not break the bank to
do so. Edmonds
made around $8 million this season and will probably see a significant pay cut
to around the $5 million mark. This could attract a hand full of suitors.
Side note: Jim Edmonds is 18 homeruns shy of reaching
400 for his career. This my be enough to bring him back for one more season.