According to Matthew Leach, Skip Schumaker and the Cardinals came to terms on deal tonight. The deal is reportedly worth about $5 million over two years. The threat of arbitration loomed after Schumaker’s original demands were not met. He wanted $2.75 million, while the Cards were offering $1.45 million. The two sides were able to compromise and get a deal done before Spring Training.
The deal leaves the organization with one less question heading into 2010. Schumaker has been a steady contributor to St. Louis over the last two seasons. He hit above .300 in both seasons while playing in 153 games in each. Schumaker made the switch to second base from the outfield in 2009, and handled it well. He goes about his business quietly, playing his role perfectly to make the team better. The signing is another positive heading into 2010 as the roster slowly begins to take shape.