Schumaker done; Robinson DFA

The Reds and utility player Skip Schumaker finalized their two-year contract on Tuesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Derrick Robinson was designated for assignment.

Schumaker, 33, played for the Dodgers last season and batted .263 with two home runs, 30 RBIs and a .332 on-base percentage in 125 games. From 2005-12, he was a member of the Cardinals and batted .288 with a .342 on-base percentage over eight seasons.

Robinson batted .255 in 102 games as a rookie for the Reds this season. He was called up the first time after Ryan Ludwick went on the disabled list after Opening Day.

UPDATE: This is a $5 million contract for Schumaker. He will make $2 million in 2014, $2.5 million in 2015 and there is a $2.5 million club option for 2016 with a $500,000 buyout.

Click here for the story on Schumaker.


MLB Trade Rumors
By Zach Links [November 26 at 6:46pm CST]

On the trade front, the Twins are fond of Homer Bailey, according to Wolfson. Wayne Krivsky, special assistant to GM, knows Bailey well from his days with the Reds. Krivsky took over as Cincinnati’s GM two years after Bailey was drafted and was in that role when Bailey made his big league debut.

Report: Reds interested in Carlos Beltran
11/26/13 at 8:38pm by C. Trent Rosecrans

Could the Reds be looking at Carlos Beltran? According to a report in Primera Hora, a newspaper in Puerto Rico, the Reds have reached out to Beltran’s agent, Dan Lozano. The author of the report, Noel Piñeiro told the Enquirer in an e-mail that Beltran said Lozano informed him of the Reds’ interest. Piñeiro said Beltran also told him he expects to make a decision by mid-December.

Beltran, 36, is also being courted by the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Orioles, Mariners, Red Sox and Royals, according to the same report.

The Reds would seem to be a long-shot to land Beltran, who has spent the last two seasons in St. Louis. Not only will he command a hefty price tag, but according to at least one report (from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News), Beltran is the Yankees’ “No. 1 target.” The same report says the Yankees are Beltran’s top choice, as well.

Beltran has played mostly right field in each of the last two seasons with the Cardinals, but would likely move to left for the Reds. A switch-hitter, he hit .296/.339/.491 for the Cardinals last season and is a career .283/.359/.496 hitter.

Beltran is reportedly seeking a three-year contract. It would seem an American League team would be a better fit for a player who will be 37 in April and would be 39 at the end of his contract, although he told Piñeiro that he would prefer to play in the National League, but did stipulate he didn’t have a preference in geography. Beltran said he would prefer to play for a playoff-caliber team. Beltran told Piñeiro that he has not had any firm offers as of yet.

Lozano is also Joey Votto’s agent.

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