For now, I don’t like the Jim Edmonds deal. I understand why Walt Jocketty pulled the trigger. The Cardinals are very thin in the outfield. Eric Davis and Ray Lankford are injury prone. Garrett Stephenson has been brilliant this spring, convincing the Cardinals he can step into the rotation. Adam Kennedy had no place to play. BUT….Jocketty worked hard in the offseason to fix the team’s biggest problem, the pitching. As optimistic as the Cardinals are about their new staff, I wanted to see some results. Darryl Kile, Pat Hentgen and Andy Benes are all coming off less than stellar years. Matt Morris is ahead of schedule in his comeback, but who knows when he or Alan Benes will break down? Is Garrett Stephenson really ready to take the ball every five days? See, the Cardinals THINK they have a pitching surplus, but do they really KNOW? Plus, Jim Edmonds has been criticized by teammates for his lack of committment. Hopefully, that is just a symptom of the cesspool that was the Angel clubhouse last year. If he’s healty, the guy can hit, and he can play center field. I just hope they don’t need him to pitch.
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