Veteran Outfielder Jim Edmonds Joins Cincinnati Reds

August 10th, 2010 - 8:38 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
jimAug 10, (THAINDIAN NEWS) In an attempt to add some experience and depth to the team consisting of young players, the Cincinnati Reds on Monday entered into a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. While the former received 40-year-old outfielder Jim Edmonds, the latter received 28-year-old outfielder Chris Dickerson. Although aged 40, Jim Edmonds has been able to maintain a good number at batting with an average of .286. The Milwaukee Brewers are also hopeful that Chris Dickerson who had missed much of the season play due to his hand injury will be able to contribute to the team’s defense position.

Jim Edmonds’s inclusion in the Cincinnati Reds was necessitated by a crisis that had set in the team in the past week. The center-field area was looked after by Drew Stubbs until last week when he was replaced by rookie Chris Heisey. Speculations were on that Chris Dickerson who was out of the field on a 60-day rest for his injuries, might come back to take the position of Drew Stubbs. However, the team manager was brewing some other plans and traded a veteran into the team to take hold of the center-field. On Monday, Jim Edmonds joined the Cincinnati Reds in the center field and batted at the fifth position. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

After the game, Jim Edmonds said that he is looking forward to the challenges that are expected to come in the following weeks. As for the Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, the management was planning to induct Jim Edmonds into the team since last winter, but did not. He added that he regretted his decision of the not including Jim Edmonds then and said that the player is “going to help us [the team] a number of different ways”.

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