At the end of this season, the Cardinals will be forced to make a decision whether or not to pick up the option on Edmonds or take the buy out, save $7 million and go a different direction.
His production has dropped off significantly and he has played much of the 2006 season injured.
But for me, I believe the fact that he went out there and played injured says something about JED. For all intents and purposes he was going on the DL at some point, until of course, El Hombre was injured.
Edmonds came back, and while he didn't have a stellar month, he kept the team together while Albert was gone. He hit .291 with 2 HRs, 9 RBIs with an OBP of .371. That was good enough to be 3rd on the team in OBP. You can say the team was down as a whole for the month, which is true. But a clearly hurt Edmonds went out there and got on base for a team that desperately needed baserunners.
Then there is the nostalgia factor. I can't help but think that the Cardinals owe him atleast a respectable offer to continue his career with the Cardinals. Why would that be? Without Jim Edmonds, the Cardinals still would not have been in the World Series since the Whitey days.
Edmonds play in Game 6 and Game 7 is some of the best playoff baseball I've ever seen. His walkoff homerun in the 12th inning of Game 6, coupled with his spectacular diving catch in Game 7 that kept Houston at 1-0 when it clearly would have been atleast 3-0, and in two crucial moments, Jim Edmonds came up HUGE.
Obviously, most will say the Cardinals don't owe him anything for the simple fact that they paid him for that service and that will have been over 2 years ago.
I can't particularly argue with that. What I do know is that when Jim Edmonds is no longer patrolling CF for the Cardinals, it'll be a sad day.