If I recall correctly, Edmonds suffered a relatively serious injury close to the end of the year that put the rest of his career in doubt. Maybe the Brewers assumed he was done for and didn’t even inquire as to whether Edmonds wanted to play another season.
The whole Kotsay thing is just strange. He’s being brought in mainly to back up 1B, which of course features LHer Fielder. He may play RF on occasion, but his defense is so bad that it is unlikely worth it. He’s going to hit off the bench but he really doesn’t improve upon Counsell offensively for pinch hitting duty.
The Kotsay signing is a terrible one for the Brewers. It makes absolutely no sense on so many different levels. The best theory I’ve heard for the signing is that the Brewers are doing this as a step to resign Rickie Weeks to a long term contract. Weeks and Kotsay have the same agent (Greg Genske). Maybe the Brewers are doing this as favor to Genske in order to soften the Weeks negotiations.
Comment by Spottedcow — February 7, 2011 @ 11:25 am
Hopefully Edmonds will hit seven home runs to get to 400 for his career, that way the baseball writers have something to rally around come Hall of Fame voting time.
Has anyone else noticed the Cardinals seem to be developing a tradition of bring back their iconic center fielders? McGee was traded by the Cardinals in 1990, then came back in 96 to finish his career with them. Lankford was traded in 2001, then came back in 2004. Now Edmonds!
Edmonds was practically immobile by the end of last season, I don’t think you can really count on him being above-average at anything anymore.
Kotsay is bad, but people are being way too harsh on the Brewers. They aren’t using him as their regular DH like the White Sox did, he’s the fifth outfielder (who probably won’t play in the field) and LHB with pop off the bench and is being paid less than $1 million guaranteed.
Some of you people have unrealistic expectations of what the fifth outfielder/PH brings to the table in terms of offensive ability…
Offensive expectations for a 5th OF, PH and emergency 1B don’t have to be high or even medium provided the guy can run a bit, flash the leather, tell jokes, whatever . . . and that’s half of the problem. Kotsay played with a fork sticking out of his back last season. Unless he was hiding a wrist injury or something, expect more of the same.
The other half of the problem is money. For the league minimum, you can find in a guy who can do one or more of hit/field/run/jest provided you don’t already have one rotting in your system. Contact a team that has a few of those guys (most teams have accumulated a few of those guys by now), and you can probably pick your favorite in exchange for a scrap arm and one of Bob Uecker’s blazers from the 80’s.