Padres to get Edmonds, cash from Cardinals for minor leaguer

Updated: December 15, 2007, 6:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Jim Edmonds is returning to Southern California after eight seasons in the Midwest, eager to prove he's healthy and still an everyday player.

He'll get that chance starting March 31 when he takes his position in Petco Park's spacious center field.

The San Diego Padres obtained the 37-year-old Edmonds and $2 million on Saturday from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league third baseman David Freese, who grew up in a St. Louis suburb.

"I'm kind of shocked but excited ...

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