Outfielder Jim Edmonds has been busy trying to convince the St. Louis Cardinals that he’s still good enough to play for them, but apparently the Yankees don’t need convincing as they have been in contact with the 39-year-old who hasn’t played since 2008, according to Rob Rains of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
“I have decided I want to try to play, but I need a couple of weeks to start hitting,” he said. “I’ve been running and working out, but I need to start throwing and hitting a little more. It’s hard to get outside in this weather. I’ll know a little more by the end of next week.
“I want to play but obviously I love it here and want to play here,” Edmonds said. “I didn’t think I would generate this much action just saying I wanted to play. We’ll see who is really serious in the next couple of days and see if the Cardinals get back to me.”
On the Yankees interest:
“That’s a pretty nice situation over there,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough scenario. I’m not going to go somewhere just to play,” he said. “I thought it would be fun to come back (to St. Louis) to play and be a part of that team with Mark (McGwire) here and all the guys that I know, and then word got around.
This comes as a bit of surprising news. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense though as general manager Brian Cashman has already said he’s not looking for a left handed bat in the outfield. It makes even less sense when you consider that the last time Edmonds played was in 2008 and he was a pure platoon player who didn’t bat against lefties.
That being said, I cannot see the Yankees making a serious push to acquire the outfielder. This seems like a ploy by someone, either by the Yankees to let potential outfield candidates, not necessarily just Johnny Damon, know that they have competition. Or it could be a ploy by Edmonds to get the Cardinals to move a little quicker in deciding whether or not to bring him back.
Either way, I don’t see this happening. Do you?