Not that it's a huge surprise, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Jim Edmonds is likely headed for retirement.
After sitting out 2009, Edmonds had a solid 2010 split between the Brewers and Reds, ending up with a .276/.342/.504 line. The 40-year-old could at least have gotten a minor-league deal with a camp invitation, but it sounds like he's leaning toward hanging 'em up.
"Jay [Bruce] talked him the other day,” Jocketty said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s probably going to retire."
When the long-time Cardinal and Angel does retire, Edmonds is going to have a Hall of Fame case that might surprise some. He's an eight-time Gold Glove winner in center field and has a career batting line of .284/.376/.527 with a 128 OPS+ and 393 homers. He is in the top 100 in career offensive and defensive WAR, is 62nd in OPS and 52nd in slugging percentage.
Since he was an All-Star just four times in 17 seasons and never won an MVP or a batting title, Edmonds probably won't get into the Hall. But looking at his numbers, he's had a heck of a career.
-- David Andriesen