In one of those rare, post-deadline waiver deals, the Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Chris Dickerson from the Reds in exchange for Jim Edmonds.
In my perfect world, Jim Edmonds would be leading this Milwaukee Brewers team during a stretch playoff run, but that just wasn’t to be this season. He has had an excellent season by any measure – .286/.350/.493, .369 wOBA, 2.5 WAR in 240 plate appearances are all very good. But his performance right now just isn’t going to make much difference on this Milwaukee Brewers team, and it opens the door for Lorenzo Cain to start his MLB career in earnest. Edmonds gave us some solid memories this season, and I fully believe that he is a Hall of Famer. Again, it simply comes down to the fact that he couldn’t impact the Brewers’ future in any sort of meaningful fashion.
That said, Edmonds did bring that fabled veteran presence. Melvin would not have traded him without believing that he was bringing in some value, and I believe he accomplished that in bringing back Chris Dickerson. Dickerson, a 28 year old outfielder under team control for the next five years, appeared to have fallen out of favor in Cincinnati, but the numbers suggest that he is a decent player. He struggled in his short time on the field this season, but put up 3.2 WAR in just over 400 plate appearances in 2008 and 2009. It’s hard to imagine that he would be that good – that’s nearly all-star level performance – but ZiPS projects Dickerson as a slightly below average hitter (.244/.327/.384), and CHONE has him as a 2.1 WAR player over 150 games (.254/.342/.410, excellent corner defense). Dickerson should be able to play a fair to good center field as well, if given the chance.
There’s no doubt that Jim Edmonds was fun to watch, but this is best for everybody. Edmonds gets to compete, and the Brewers pick up a cheap piece with potential for high value. Everybody wins, except for maybe the St. Louis Cardinals. And you know what? I’m absolutely fine with that.