Edmonds' eyes not just on Cards

Edmonds' eyes not just on Cards

Cardinals or not, Jim Edmonds wants to return to the Major Leagues -- period.

That's what his longtime agent, Paul Cohen, expressed to FoxSports.com recently, when he told the Web site his 39-year-old client has formally asked him to speak on his behalf "with a series of particular teams about his comeback."

"He feels great," Cohen was quoted as saying on Tuesday. "He would love to get back to the playoffs and reach 400 home runs. Those are the two goals he's talking about right now."

Cohen told FoxSports.com that Edmonds -- an eight-time Gold Glove center fielder with 382 career home runs -- would consider playing any outfield position or first base. The agent said Edmonds "obviously has an affinity for the Cardinals," but he's also willing to play for other teams in the league," and would also be open to being used as a platoon player, which would have the lefty slugger facing right-handed pitching.

On Sunday night at an annual benefit for Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, Edmonds "challenged" La Russa to let him return to the Cardinals in 2010 and play for the league minimum. At the time, it was thought that Edmonds -- out of baseball in 2009 -- could be joking.

But during the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up on Monday, several of his former St. Louis teammates said they're sure the four-time All-Star was serious. And La Russa said he'll at least consider the offer.

"What I told him was, I had not figured on this development," La Russa said at the time. "Out of respect, we'll have a serious discussion about it. But he hasn't played in a year. There's a lot of obstacles there. But we'll talk about it."

Edmonds, 40 in June, starred for the Cardinals for eight seasons from 2000-07, putting up a .285 batting average with 241 home runs. He then split the '08 season between the Padres and Cubs, batting a career-low .235 with 20 homers and 55 RBIs in 111 games.

For his 16-year career, Edmonds -- a .284 hitter -- has played 61 games in left field, 51 at first base and 34 right field.

The Mets, Tigers, Cubs, Braves and Yankees are among teams currently looking for an extra outfielder.

While speaking to SI.com, Cohen said the chances of Edmonds signing by the end of next week are "better than 50-50."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.