The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with free-agent outfielder Jim Edmonds and have extended the St. Louis fan-favorite an invite to the team’s Major League Spring Training camp.
“Jim has had a tremendous career here in St. Louis,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “We are pleased that he has decided to give it one more try with the Cardinals.”
Edmonds, 40, starred for the Cardinals from 2000-07, helping the team to six postseason appearances, including World Series trips in both 2004 and 2006. Edmonds provided some of the team’s most memorable moments in the final years at Busch Stadium II, hitting a stadium-deafening 12th inning walk-off homer to win Game 6 of the 2004 National League Championship Series versus Houston and making “The Catch” in Game 7 of that same series, propelling the Cardinals to their first Fall Classic in 18 years.
Edmonds is ranked 4th on the Cardinals all-time list for home runs (241) and is the franchise leader in postseason games (61) and RBI (41). He was a three-time All-Star (2000, 2003 & 2005) with the Cardinals and earned six (2000-05) of his eight Rawlings Gold Gloves awards while wearing the “Birds-on-Bat”.
Edmonds was traded by the Cardinals to San Diego on December 14, 2007 in exchange for infielder David Freese and combined to hit 20 home runs in 2008 with the Padres and Chicago Cubs – who acquired him on May 15 following his release by San Diego.
After sitting out the 2009 season, Edmonds split last year between Milwaukee and Cincinnati, providing some clutch play for the Reds down the stretch before succumbing to an Achilles injury that he re-aggravated while hitting a home run on Sept. 21. He combined to hit .276 with 11 HR’s for the Brewers and Reds in 2010.
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Affectionately referred to as “Hollywood” and “Jimmy Ballgame”, Edmonds enjoyed perhaps his best season in 2004 when he hit .301 with a career-high 42 home runs and 111 RBI and joined teammates Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen in a spirited “MV3” race.
Edmonds has posted a career .284 batting mark (1,949 hits) with 393 HR’s & 1,199 RBI in 2,011 games since debuting with the California Angels in 1993. He was traded by the Angels to the Cardinals on March 23, 2000 in a deal for pitcher Kent Bottenfield and infielder Adam Kennedy.