Well,I definitely didn’t see this one coming — the Brewers have signed ancient outfielder Jim Edmonds to a minor league deal. Ken Rosenthal first tweeted the news, and Tom Haudricourt got the confirmation from Doug Melvin.
Per Haudricourt, Melvin said that he’s hoping for a similar outcome to the Gabe Kapler signing. That’s nice, but there’s a big difference: Kapler was only 32. Edmonds will be 40 this year. I don’t think we’ll see the same results.
I guess it fulfills that desire for a fourth outfield bat that hits from the left side, but wouldn’t Gabe Gross be a better option? Haudricourt mentioned the other day that Melvin shot down the notion that the minor league deal was going to Gross, but I still would have preferred to see him go that route. I just don’t see the value in adding Edmonds, and the fact that this was the “one last roster move” we’ve been getting so excited for is a bit of a letdown.
At least it’s only a minor league contract, and I’m presuming that he won’t be guaranteed a spot on the 25-man roster. But if he makes the roster, does anyone else have the fear that Ken Macha will end up playing him instead of guys like Carlos Gomez or Corey Hart?