And thanks for the memories.
"Moving quickly to replace center fielder Mike Cameron, the Padres have agreed to a trade that will bring them center fielder Jim Edmonds, a 37-year-old who has won eight Gold Gloves.
The Cardinals are to get single-A third baseman David Freese, a minor leaguer. Cash will also be part of the deal, which could be made official as soon as Saturday. In talks last month, the Padres said they would be interested in Edmonds only if St. Louis helped to pay for his $8 million salary. "
What an offseason.
Update [2007-12-15 0:34:18 by lboros]: shocking news, but there's some logic to this move. it's not a great step down production-wise from 37-year-old jim edmonds to a centerfield medley of ankiel / barton / schumaker / rasmus; indeed, it might well be a step up. just playing a hunch --- i wonder if the cardinals are gonna take the savings from edmonds' salary (roughly $7m) and make a run at either loshe or silva. i'm not suggesting this would be a smart thing to do . . . . i'd have to think about that. but if that's indeed how it goes down, it would have the effect of shifting marginal payroll from a position where it isn't doing much good (centerfield) to one where it might really upgrade the team; they'd be no worse in cf but much better in the rotation.
this is pure speculation, and i'm probably way off the mark. but i gotta think this move was made with a subsequent move in mind. we'll see . . .
here's the current lineup: