While we celebrate the extension of Paul Goldschmidt on Saturday, and the trade that brought him to St. Louis, it's seems interesting that it was on the anniversary of one of the most successful trades in Cardinals history.
Jim Edmonds was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on March 23, 2000 for second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitcher Kent Bottenfield, just before the regular season. To say the least,this was a trade that really worked out for the Cardinals.
We all know about Edmonds stellar career with the Cardinals, with his six Gold Gloves, three All Star appearances, and a Silver Slugger award, so is not really necessary ot remind you. Nor is it necessary to remind you of his eight year slash line of .285/.393/.555, with 241 HR and 713 RBI, while with the Cards.
Jim Edmonds is a St. Louis Cardinal legend and beloved by Cardinal Nation. However, let's take a quick look at the two players the Cardinals sent west in order to get the Cardinal Hall of Famer.
Kent Bottenfield was a right handed pitcher, who had his best year with the Cardinals in 1999. Drafted right out of high school by the Montreal Expos in the fourth round of the 1986 MLB Draft, Bottenfield made his debut with the Expos in 1992.
Bottenfield had a journeyman's career, spending time in Colorado, San Francisco, and Chicago, before arriving in St. Louis in 1998. After posting a 4-8 record with a 4.44 ERA in 1998 with the Cardinals, Bottenfield's career took a surprising leap in 1999.
Being placed in the starting rotation for the Redbirds, the then 31-year-old recorded a 18-7 record with a 3.87 ERA and made his only All Star appearance. This was the pitcher the Angels were hoping to recieve in 2000.
Bottenfield went 5-7, with a 5.71 ERA for the Angels in 2000 and was out of baseball after 2001. HIs nine year career record was 46-49 with a 4.54 ERA.
Adam Kennedy was to be the real prize for the Angels in Edmonds trade. The left handed bat was a first round pick for the Cardinals in 1997 MLB Draft, 20th overall, right out of college.
Kennedy rose quickly in the Cardinals minor league system and by 1999, he was in AAA Memphis hitting .327 with 10 HR and 63 RBI. He made his major league debut later that year in August, In 33 games with the Cardinals in 1999, he hit a slash line of .255/.284/.402.
The 5'-11" 195lb second baseman spent seven years with the Angels, before returning to the Cardinals in 2007 and 2008. After leaving the Cardinals, he played in Oakland, Washington, Seattle and the Dodgers.
Kennedy had a 14 year career slash line of .272/.387/.384 and left baseball after the 2012 season. Adam Kennedy never won a Gold Glove or made an All Star appearance, but was considered a solid defensive player at second base.
On the day we celebrate the signing of Paul Goldchmidt, we should also remember Jim Edmonds, who may be the greatest centerfielder in Cardinals history. Jim Edmonds is now a broadcaster, spring training instructor, and was recently named a special assistant to John Mozeliak
We also look forward to the next several years of Paul Goldschmidt being a member of the St. Louis Cardinals and hopefully help lead us back to the promise land.
I'm sure the trade that brought Jim Edmonds to the Cardinals was one the Angels would like to had back. When a trade happens, ideally both teams should be winners, but it doesn't always work out that way. Nevertheles, credit should be given to then General Manager Walt Jockerty and the front office for pulling this one off.
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