Jim Edmonds traded to the Reds

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The Brewers have traded Jim Edmonds to the Reds for outfielder Chris Dickerson. This from the Reds Twitter feed of all places.

Wow.  Edmonds is hitting .286/.350./493 this year and will help a Reds outfield that has been uneven. He’s also making only $850K this year, around a third of which would still be owed.  Which makes me wonder how he managed to clear waivers given that he’s still pretty darn useful.

Indeed, the Cardinals — with a worse record than the Reds — could have blocked the deal by making a waiver claim.  Was this an oversight? Do the Cardinals not want to risk having to pay Edmonds? Is there too much water under the bridge on a personal level between team and player that they didn’t want to take that chance?

Because from my point of view, this strengthens the Reds at a time when the Cardinals are in a dogfight with them.

Cubs sign Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.

Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.

Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.