Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
To get the veteran utility man, the Dodgers sent minor league infielder Jake Lemmerman to the St. Louis Cardinals
The Dodgers have yet to announce the corresponding roster move to make room for Schumaker on the 40-man roster, which leads one to wonder whether the Dodgers are in the midst of another deal.
Schumaker, who was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round in 2001, and hit .288/.345/.377 in parts of eight seasons in St. Louis. He was an outfielder through 2008, his first full major league season, but transitioned to second base in 2009. In the last four seasons Schumaker has started 382 games at second base and has played 135 games in the outfield, including 29 starts.
Schumaker has one year and $1.5 million remaining on his contract, signed before the 2012 season. In addition, he can earn up to $200,000 in performance bonuses.
Lemmerman, like Schumaker, was drafted in the fifth round, in 2010. He hit .233/.347/.378 in 116 games in Double-A Chattanooga in his age-23 season in 2012.
As it stands now, the Dodgers' bench looks like this:
- Second baseman/outfielder Schumaker (L)
- Infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. (R)
- Infielder Nick Punto (S)
- Infielder Juan Uribe (R)
- Catcher Tim Federowicz (R)
Keep in mind that it's still early and there is still plenty of time for more moves, and counting on Uribe, who started once and had 18 plate appearance in the season's final 66 games, to win a roster spot may be a foolish notion. But that's where we are at now.