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Edmonds appears to be out of the Cardinals picture

Word out of the Jim Edmonds camp is that the former Cardinals All-Star has narrowed his choice for a comeback down to two teams -- and neither of them plays its home games in St. Louis.

So much for the love fest that was hatched during the weekend of the Winter Warm-Up when Jimmy Ballgame challenged the Cardinals publicly to give him a chance to come back to St. Louis and play for the major league minimum. It turns out that his pledge to be a reserve outfielder here for free if he could was pretty hollow. Edmonds has, instead, turned his attention to teams that offer more playing time and more money.

One team that has been mentioned most prominently is the Yankees. But New York GM Brian Cashman has been reported by numerous sources as saying his club has no interest in Edmonds for its open left field job. So the real candidates are a mystery.

Of course, that forces Cardinals fans to wonder if Edmonds is considering a return to the Cubs. That would be a repeat of a move that ruffled a lot of feathers in St. Louis and damaged the reputation and the legacy of a longtime Cardinals fan favorite.

Edmonds had a chance to repair those hurt feelings caused by his defection to the Redbirds' arch rival and a chance to retire in a Cardinals uniform... The uniform he wore for the greatest moments of his career. It's a shame to see that opportunity wasted.