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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dodgers acquire Skip Schumaker

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired utility player Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman, according to reports.

Lemmerman is a non-prospect, pretty much just AA filler, so this is mostly a salary dump for the Cardinals. Seems decent enough for the Dodgers, though. Schumaker is pretty much an equal of Mark Ellis hitting wise, but left handed, and can also back up the outfield.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 12, 2012 at 01:27 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:04 AM (#4322738)
I think this may be the piece that brings the Dodgers up to 113 wins.

Skip had himself a nice little stint with the Cardinals, and extended his career by reinventing himself as a 2b; that he's at best "OK" there defensively is just fine: it means he's a decent LH bat that can fill in at 2b and OF without killing you. He has a career .305/.359/.403 vs. RHP, but he's brutal vs. lefties.

   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4322818)
How long are you really going to go calling yourself "Skip"? C'mon, you're a grown-ass man, not a ten year old kid, call yourself Jared.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4322819)
How long are you really going to go calling yourself "Skip"? C'mon, you're a grown-ass man, not a ten year old kid, call yourself Jared.


He could confuse people more if he used his middle name.
   4. salvomania Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4322867)
Skip also had one of the more important recent postseason hits for the Cardinals, in the clinching NLDS Game 5 in 2011 when he doubled off Halladay to drive in the lone run in a memorable 1-0 duel with Chris Carpenter.

Apparently Halladay is one the RHP Schumaker can hit, going 6-for-15 off him, with a walk and no K's.
   5. salvomania Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4322967)
OK, my previous sentence doesn't make sense, as it's righties that Schumaker can hit, so it makes perfect sense that he would make Halladay his beeyotch.
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4322984)
He has a career .305/.359/.403 vs. RHP, but he's brutal vs. lefties.


Sounds like a Mark Ellis platoon partner to me.
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4323042)
I'm guessing he'll be the LF to start against RHP till Crawford comes back and then go to the bench.
   8. Shoeless Swedish Chef Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4323050)
The final piece that proves they really are going for it!
   9. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: December 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4323068)
Lemmerman, btw, is on the infamous "Duke sex list."
   10. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4323367)
He could confuse people more if he used his middle name.


Especially if he retired for three years, and then came back.
   11. Tripon Posted: December 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4323372)

Sounds like a Mark Ellis platoon partner to me.


Nah, I think Ellis still plays a mostly starting job. Skip is bench material.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4323436)
This was done as a favor to Skip more than anything. He was a great team soldier, reinventing himself for the the team and to get more playing time, but ultimately he wasn't going to fit in with the current lineup. The outfield is set with Hallady/Jay/Beltran and it's time to let the youngsters rack up plate appearances as fourth and fifth outfielders(with Tavares knocking on the door). Second base is going to be a position of attrition, basically with Descalso, Kozma, Ryan Jackson and even Wong all vying for a job. Schumaker would have been the 25th man on the roster, and it wouldn't have been based upon merit but based upon loyalty. It's best for the team to move him.
   13. vivaelpujols Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM (#4323485)
Skip is a good hitter but a putrid defender at 2nd. He's a decent 4th/5th outfielder at this point.
   14. JJ1986 Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4323498)
He's a decent 4th/5th outfielder at this point.


He would seem more useful to a team without a pair of LHH corner outfielders.
   15. greenback needs muscle Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4323511)
Skip is a good hitter but a putrid defender at 2nd. He's a decent 4th/5th outfielder at this point.

Nobody agrees with me on this, but I think he's at best an average corner OF as a defender, and putrid as a CF. He is surprisingly slow for a guy who looks like an anti-Molina.

The Cardinals would have to have been pretty circumspect about it, but based on Schumaker's 2011 and 2012 salaries, I assume he was non-tendered a year ago and then immediately re-signed.

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