Reds Sign Skip Schumaker To Two-Year Deal

Reds_2013The Reds have agreed to terms with utilityman Skip Schumaker on a two-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

Schumaker, who turns 34 in Februrary, hit .263/.332/.332 in 356 plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2013. Though he offers positional flexibility, appearing at second base and all three outfield positions this seasons, Schumaker does not play any one position particularly well. He posted negative UZR and DRS marks at all four of his positions in 2013 and has registered negative defensive value each season since 2008, according to Fangraphs.

Even if he isn’t a gifted defender though, Schumaker will give new Reds manager Bryan Price a versatile piece off his bench that has slashed a respectable .279/.347/.357 against right-handed pitching over the past two seasons. A veteran of nine big league seasons between the Cardinals and Dodgers, Schumaker is a career .285/.344/.372 hitter in 3,043 plate appearances.

Source: Steve Adams MLB Trade Rumors