That's the question the Cubs are asking themselves right now. My Cubs people tell me they're having a healthy internal debate on whether to take a chance on center fielder Jim Edmonds, cut loose by the Padres. The Cubs will wait to see if Edmonds clears waivers, just as they did with Reed Johnson in spring training.
In 26 games, the former Cardinal batted .178 with 1 homer, 6 RBI and an anemic OBP of .265. The Cubs are asking themselves whether Edmonds has anything left in the tank, whether he's healthy and what kind of a fit he would be on the field and in the Cub's so-far harmonious clubhouse. For much of his career, Edmonds has been known as a prickly personality. The Cubs people who might be leaning toward taking a flyer on Edmonds say that on a good team and in a good clubhouse, Edmonds will be fine. And if the Cubs keep winning and Edmonds plays well, the personality issue will hardly matter.
Right now, the right-handed hitting Reed Johnson gets most of the playing time in center for the Cubs. Lefty Felix Pie has struggled for the most part. Entering tonight, he's batting .222 with 1 homer, 7 RBI and an OBP of .286. If the Cubs were to sign Edmonds, they could send Pie to Class AAA Iowa and let him continue working on his swing changes there.
It wouldn't be a shocker if Edmonds landed here.