Schumaker agrees with Reds?

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Reds and IF/OF Skip Schumaker have agreed on a two-year contract, pending a physical. I am working to confirm that myself.

Schumaker, 33, played for the Dodgers last season and batted .263/.332/.322 in 125 games. From 2005-12, he played for the Cardinals. He would be reunited with his old Cardinals GM, Walt Jocketty, in Cincinnati.

A left-handed hitter, Schumaker is a career .300 hitter with a .357 on-base percentage against right-handed pitching and a .211 hitter with a .280 OBP vs. lefties. Defensively, he can play second base and all three outfield spots.

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If he was signed for a bench player, ok. If this is the plan to replace BP, we have problems!!!!

This appears to be curious situation for the Reds. On the face it would seem that Phillips is being traded for an outfielder or perhaps there is now some additional money to sign Choo to a long term contract. I believe the Reds want to keep Choo. It appears that Schumaker has a better on base average. He’s an above average fielder, I believe. This is fun to watch.

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