Cincinnati Reds Trade for Jim Edmonds: Turning Villian Into Savior?

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Cincinnati Reds Trade for Jim Edmonds: Turning Villian Into Savior?
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The list of former Cardinals turned Reds grew again today. Cincinnati sent OF Chris Dickerson to the Brewers for the 40-year-old Jim Edmonds.

Former Cardinals and current Reds GM Walt Jocketty has acquired Scott Rolen, Jason Isringhausen, Russ Springer, and Miguel Cairo in the past year—all Cardinals at one point or another.

The big question: Does Edmonds have anything left in the tank?

In 217 plate appearances he is hitting .286, but only has eight homers and 20 RBI after sitting out the entire '09 season. He's a left-handed stick, and has been hitting pretty consistently since the break (.333).

The majority of his time has been spent in CF, and that's where he will be starting for the Reds on Monday night. Can you guess whom they are playing?

The Cardinals come to town for the biggest home series in 10 years for the Reds. There are two games separating them, and Jocketty has obviously acknowledged the importance of winning this series.

Edmonds has played in the postseason seven different times. He is a .285 career hitter that will bring a great deal of veteran leadership to the club. He has accumulated eight gold gloves over his career. He can tell a guy like Jay Bruce what it's like to play in meaningful September and October games.

I don't think this move was a great idea, but giving up Dickerson isn't the end of the world. He's a guy that never seemed to fit into the Reds plans and he just coudn't get over the hump.

Dickerson has been consistently injured. He has been hurt for three months—just like last year. He was hitting just .205 in 44 at-bats with the Reds this season. Since his return, though, he's been hot while batting .442 with three homers and six steals in his first 13 games at AAA Louisville.

So, while I'm not a huge fan of Edmonds, it's not as if the Reds gave up a five-tool prospect. But I think there is a subliminal reason for Reds' fans to not like Edmonds.

He used to be one of the most disliked players when he was a Cardinal. Remember when there was a report that Ken Griffey Jr. called ESPN to complain that Edmonds was making it on "Top Plays" more than Junior? The rumor said that Griffey was jealous and wanted ESPN to do something about it.

That report really pissed me off. The guy was already a Reds killer on the field (like many of the top N.L. central hitters of the 2000's), and now some stupid fake rumor like this was floating around? I'm sure Edmonds had nothing to do with it, but it angered me just the same.

Well, now it's 2010 and Reds fans have to root for the guy. It was a low-risk move that might have its most profound effects outside of the box-score. If he's still able to play a decent CF and continue to hit in the .280's, well done Jocketty.

If not, he will certainly have a short lease with me. But then again, the starter for most of the year (Drew Stubbs) is still hovering below .240.

A move had to be made and Jocketty went with a familiar face. We will know very quickly if it was the right move.

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