Outfielder Jim Edmonds' long and hard journey back to professional baseball began on Friday, when he slapped a hit off of pitcher Ben Sheets. This spring, he will compete for a job on the roster, and he won't give up easily. Remember, this is a guy that hit 20HRs for the Padres and Cubs in 2009 in just 401 at bats. Even though no one expects him to perform like he did in his prime, Edmonds looked good, and Braun knew it. He said, "I've seen him take BP for the last few days and he looks great He's just like I remember watching him as a kid."
Edmonds is a great fielder, too, and can play all 3 outfield positions and 1st base. He will likely be a backup if he makes the team, also serving as a mentor. This deal could prove out to be one of the best ones if Edmonds can find his bat back.