It’s rare when I get a Saturday post up, especially this early, but the news I saw last night before going to bed about Jim Edmonds being traded to the Padres meant I had to get over here and write.
The dismantling of 2006 continues, as key players Jeff Suppan, Jeff Weaver, David Eckstein and now Edmonds are all in different locales. The others I understood and expected, but this one really surprised me. I’d written a couple of times over here that I thought Jim would stick around, especially with that new restaurant having just opened. I guess the idea of going home and playing for a winner in his last season was pretty appealing.
Which makes you wonder if this was more about him than the Cardinals. I know that the prospect that the Cardinals are getting back, third baseman David Freese, is supposed to be a pretty good one, but he’s just in A ball. Some of you may remember the last trade of a star for an A baller in Cardinal history. (OK, the last one I can remember without looking up.) Lee Smith was sent to the Yankees for pitcher Rich Batchelor. Batchelor never amounted to much (though I do think he got a cup of coffee with the Birds eventually). I would hope that Freese will do more than that. I also hope that the Cardinals didn’t take on too much of Edmonds’ salary in the deal, since that has to be the point of the deal in their eyes.
But Mozeliak may have thought that, with ’08 being pretty much a lost season, Edmonds deserved to go out better than that. If 2008 truly is his last season, at least he’ll be on a competitive team with a chance to go deep into the playoffs.
And, hey, the last time we traded a St. Louis icon to San Diego, it worked out fairly well. Remember Ray Lankford for Woody Williams?
But we thank Jim for the memories. The walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS stands out, of course, as do many of his home-run or base-hit robbing catches. The one that stands out over all others, though, is The Catch in Game 7 of the ’04 NLCS. That will be replayed so often in the talk about his trade, because it was one of–and possibly the–most important catches in Cardinal history.
Good luck, Jimmy. And a standing ovation awaits you when the Padres come to Busch July 17.
And I guess this means the Colby Rasmus era might be starting earlier than we thought.