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Skip Schumaker’s future in St. Louis

September 15, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) reacts after Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Shane Victorino (8) was called safe on a steal in the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Skip Schumaker‘s future in St. Louis is looking a bit shaky. The emergence if Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, and prospects Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras on the Cardinals radar have the veteran do-it-all as a possible odd man out.  Rumor has it, he may not be around in a Cardinals uniform by Opening Day 2013.

Should John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny feel that either Wong or Taveras are ready for major league action to start 2013, then it is very possible that Schumaker could be dealt. He most likely fits best with another National League club due to his versatility.

The return for a player of Schumaker’s age–33 by opening day–average hitting ability and little power, does not look to provide a very stunning return to say the least. However, that is not to say that the Cardinals couldn’t turn him into a more dependable third catcher than the newly signed Rob Johnson. They may also look to add some outfield depth with Carlos Beltran’s late season slide.

Matt Adams is another player on the Cardinals roster who may be blocked at first with the solid play of Allen Craig. If the Cards were looking for a better return, Adams may be the key to putting together a more attractive return package.

With the salary of Schumaker–$1.5M– compared to Descalso’s $495,000 and their comparable abilities, carrying both players on the roster may be redundant. Pete Kozma will probably see his fair share at shortstop and second base next season as well. If you mix Wong and Taveras into the 2013 roster equation that takes away even more playing time from Schumaker.

Schumaker always seems to come up with clutch hits and defensive plays when the game matters most. His hard nosed style of play and veteran leadership will be greatly missed in St. Louis if he is traded.

In my two years in Cardinal Nation Schumaker has become one of my favorite players, but maybe it’s best for the young prospects to take over.

What do you think? I invite you to leave your thoughts and comments below.

 

 

 

 

Topics: Skip Schumaker, St Louis Cardinals

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  • Brian Papp

    I love Skip. Far and away my favorite player right now. However, if the Cards don’t think he gives them the best chance at winning, then it’s time to move him. Hard as that may be for Cardinal fans like myself, looking to a potential infield of the future with Freese, Furcal, Wong, and Craig around the horn with Yadi holding down the backstop gives me no reason to complain!

    • RobbSaul

      Skip brings so much to the team, I don’t want to see him go. However, Furcal is rehabbing and may not be the same player in ’13 after choosing not to have surgery. His contract’s up at the end of next year and this will probably be his last year in a Cards uniform.

  • bfloxword

    Having a dependable veteran like Schumaker around during the playoffs and not using him? I think he proved over the years that he could be counted on to deliver his best when it really mattered. Yet…

    Let him go somewhere where he can play 120 games, bat .300, hit 8-10 taters and help someone else to the playoffs.

    • RobbSaul

      Skip is one of my favorite Cardinals and he definitely has proven over the years he can depended on in any situation. He always has forced the manager–TLR and now Matheny–to put his name in the lineup on a consistent basis. He won’t deliver the 8-10 homeruns you mention, his career high is 8 in 594 AB’s. His plate appearances have been declining the last few years (since 2008, when he hit 8 HR’s). It’s not that I’m in favor of letting Skip go, it’s more that Descalso, Kozma, Wong and Taveras have more of a future here than Skip.

      I don’t think he’s necessarily gone by opening day, but there have been rumors that he might be. I see a well rounded competition for playing time in the infield next year. Wong is putting up some good numbers in the AFL, but how does that translate to big league pitching? A solid spring may earn him a spot on the big club. So you can move Schumaker to the outfield where he plugs in well too. But if Taveras makes the club, you have Jon Jay, Beltran, Taveras as the starting outfield. It makes sense to keep Schu around as insurance and to spell Beltran.

      I’d like Skip to be with us next year, but he may have more value in a trade package with Matt Adams. Not what I want, but definitely realistic.

  • T Sweeney

    I don’t consider Descalso comparable to Shumaker. Descalso was a glaring weakness
    in the order, and killed a lot of rallies, particularly striking out. That is one reason Kozma would have been better to have in the seventh slot. Less strikeouts. While Descalso is a good defensive player, he kills us in the batting order, and at least should be in the eighth spot in the order when he does play.

    • RobbSaul

      Sweeney, Schumaker routinely hit about .300 until the last few years when he has been in the .265-.275 neighborhood. Double D can be expected to hit around .265, last year was an outlier, he’s not going to be a .226 hitter every year. Any offensive liabilities Decalso has is offset by what he brings defensively.

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