Edmonds Returns to SoCal
The San Diego Padres, unable to score Mike Cameron, traded cash and minor league third baseman David Freese to the St. Louis Cardinals for veteran centerfielder Jim Edmonds.
Growing up in the Los Angeles area, the 37-year-old Edmonds was drafted by the Angels in 1988 and played there from 1993 until he was traded to the Cards just before the 2000 season.
The eight-time Gold Glover, who had a tough season last year due to injury, hit .252 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs -- his worst performance since 1999 with the Halos.
Last weekend, the Padres lost left fielder Milton Bradley to the Texas Rangers when he wound up not digging their $4 million offer, but have their eye on free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins, with right fielder Brian Giles coming off microfracture surgery on his right knee.
Freese, 24, batted .302 with 17 homers and 96 RBIs with the Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm last season.