The St. Louis Cardinals will trade Jim Edmonds and $1 million to the San Diego Padres for minor league third baseman David Freese pending approval form the Commissioner's office. Great, just what the anemic Padres' offense needs, a high-average hitter in the prime of his career. I imagine Jim will get at least 100 at-bats before he injures himself show-boating on a routine catch in the outfield. The Padres traded for this dynamic star because they couldn't come to terms with Mike Cameron, who may go to the Cardinals now. Wow, exciting. This is like if Mickey Mantle was traded for Willie Mays.
Anyway, can Russell Branyan play outfield? Because no one has signed Geoff Jenkins yet, and with Mike Cameron on the market, one major league team has the opportunity to create the 500 Strikeout outfield. That would be awesome. Can you imagine the 3-4-5 batters going 0 for 12 with a dozen Ks? (Note: This exercise will be easier for Cubs fans.) In other thrilling Hot Stove action, the Diamondbacks traded for Dan Haren from the A's and some other guys from the Astros. Have fun reading about it – I'm going to spend the rest of the afternoon researching the highest K total for an outfield in MLB history or looking at porn. -KD