The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a two-year contract, $5 million contrat with infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is pending a physical.
Schumaker, who will turn 34 in February, will likely serve as a utility man off the bench for Cincinnati. The team is likely to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips and lose outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to free agency, so there will be undeniable holes in their lineup that Schumaker can help fill throughout the season.
After being shipped from the Cardinals to the Dodgers a year ago, Schumaker posted a .263 average with 2 HR and 30 RBI in 125 games in 2013. He appeared at all three outfield positions as well as second base, and even saw some time on the mound for the NL West champion Dodgers. In nine seasons with the Cardinals (2005-2012) and Dodgers (2013), Schumaker is a lifetime .285 hitter with 25 HR and 241 RBI.
The Reds have been busy this offseason, also handing out a two-year deal to catcher Brayan Pena and minor league contracts to Mike Wilson, Jason Bourgeois, Rey Navarro, Rossmel Perez and Max Ramirez. They are expected to add an outfielder to replace Choo, and will almost definitely trade catcher Ryan Hanigan in the weeks to come.
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