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Skip Schumaker signs two-year deal with the Reds

Nov 18, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of reports that Skip Schumaker has agreed to a two-year contract with the Reds, whose general manager Walt Jocketty was GM’ing the Cardinals when they drafted Schumaker back in 2001.

After six seasons with the Cardinals he spent this year as a part-time player for the Dodgers, hitting .263 with two homers and a .665 OPS in 125 games. Schumaker hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2009, will be 34 years old soon, and isn’t very good defensively, but he has experience at second base and all three outfield spots and has decent on-base skills.

Still, a multi-year deal for a 34-year-old bench player coming off a so-so season is more evidence that spending is going to be wacky this offseason.

  1. jm91rs - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I hope this is the Reds only whacky signing. It seems that every year they have to give money to a guy that was once good for Walt or Dusty (thankfully that part won’t be happening anymore).

  2. riverace19 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Aaron, you say this is evidence that spending is going to be wacky this offseason but you don’t provide the evidence? What is the contract worth??

  3. Marty McKee - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Because the Reds need two Jack Hannahans.

  4. bengalsucker - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Well he should be a better bench guy than Izturis. So I’m ok with them signing him and bowing out of the Izturis project. Mult-year though? not so sure about that.

    • metalhead65 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      he would have to be dead not to be a better player than izturis so that is not saying much.

  5. paperlions - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Over the last 4 years Schumaker has been worth -0.3 WAR. Last year alone he posted a -1.0. Yeah, he can play 4 positions, but isn’t an average fielder at any of them, and he can’t hit. This is pretty much the definition of a wasted roster spot.

    • hep3 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I heard he has grit, though.

      • paperlions - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Oh yeah, he’s chock full of the stuff.

  6. moseskkim - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Skip is a nice guy to have in the clubhouse. Defensively I think he is a liability I don’t care if he can play all those positions.. He’s really not good anywhere. Defense can be overlooked easily an I’ll be the first one to do that. But when I see players like skip in playing defense, I cringe

  7. thomas844 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Despite his mediocre (at best) 2013 numbers, he is still an upgrade over Hannahan and Izturis.

  8. crookedstick - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    The Reds need help in the clubhouse about as much as anywhere on the field. We kept hearing last year that there was no one on the team to step up and lead. You’d hate to rely on a utility guy to be that leader. But, if Jocketty has first-hand knowledge that Skip can be that guy, then I’d say it’s hardly a “wasted roster spot.” And for Christ sakes, he certainly has to be an upgrade over Izturis and/or Hannahan (which I understand isn’t saying a whole lot).

    • metalhead65 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      that’s the problem with walt, he remembers what they did 10 years ago not what they have done lately! I am sick of rge reds being a farm club for washed up ex-cardinals! it seems this guy will sign anybody that can still walk that once played for his former team.

  9. metalhead65 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    the reds have also scheduled a news conference to, unveiling the new team name. they will now be known officially as the Cincinnati Reds x-cards. washed up ex cardinals never die they just sign with uncle walt and his team and take up roster spots and waste salary the reds do not have to spend. can’t take a chance on having one of their own minor leaguers filling a utility role and min. salary and putting just as bad or better numbers. no the jocketty way is to overpay useless and washed up former cards. if they were any good they would not be available for you to sign! somebody needs to this idiot he does not work for the cardinals anymore and to stop signing their rejects!

    • spudchukar - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      You deserve Capital Punishment.

  10. jonrox - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Walt’s been thinking “How do I combine my love for crappy backup shortstops with my newfound love of giving multi-year deals to old guys?”

    He found his answer

  11. mindenjim - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    The Reds are lucky to have Skip. As a Card fan, I hated to see him go. Our bench would have been measurably stronger with Skip. He is solid defensively and will hit over .250. He is a quality human being who will lift the character of any team for which he plays.

  12. metalhead65 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    mark your calenders now for the reds 2019 signing of molina to a 5 year deal! he should be about done by then which is the way walt likes his ex cards as in way past their prime.

    • paperlions - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      I don’t think Molina is ever not going to be a Cardinal.

      Molina and Wainwright are really the only guys left in MLB that are not already on the Reds that were with the organization when Jocketty was last there. So, this may be your last hoorah with respect to Walt signing former Cardinals with which he is familiar.

  13. mindenjim - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    If Reds signed Yadi to 5 years in 2019, he’d still be the best player on the team in his walk year!

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