According to Ken Rosenthal, the Reds and utility man Skip Schumaker have agreed to a two-year deal, pending a physical. The Dodgers originally acquired Schumaker from the Cardinals in a trade for minor league pitcher Jake Lemmerman last December. It appears the Dodgers will have a brand new bench in 2014.
Sources: #Reds, free agent Skip Schumaker agree on two-year deal, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 18, 2013
Schumaker was considered one of the “glue guys” along with fellow utility guy Nick Punto. The Dodgers refered to the two as such because of their notorious camaraderie within the Dodger clubhouse. Schumaker got off to a horrible start with the Dodgers. The 33-year-old utility player hit just .109 (5 for 36) in the month of April. That was what soured me on him in the first place. Take note, that he did pick it up considerably, batting .300 in the month of May. He later went on to hit .375 in July, and .314 in August as he heated up during the summer months.
Overall, Schumaker batted .263 (84 for 319), with a .332 OBP, and an OPS of .665. Schumaker blasted two home runs, and drove in 30 runs in 356 plate appearances. That was the problem though, his lack of power. That’s probably why Schumaker posted a negative WAR in 2013. If you look at that sort of thing.
Schumaker played in 125 games, filling in defensively at all three outfield positions, second base, and of course, his two relief appearances on the mound. Schumaker played 44 games at second base, and 29 games in center field.
Schumaker earned 1.5 million dollars with the Dodgers for the 2013 season. Financial terms of schumaker’s new deal have not been released as of yet.