By Matt Snyder
The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players was midnight Monday, and Skip Schumaker was one of many players facing the possibility of either arbitration or free agency -- only that did not happen. The Cardinals have re-signed Schumaker to a two-year deal with the second baseman/outfielder, the club announced via press release.
This contract buys out the final year of Schumaker's arbitration eligibility and also his first year of free agency.
Schumaker, 31, hit .283/.333/.351 in 400 plate appearances last season. He can play all three outfield positions and second base. He's played his entire career with the Cardinals and sports a career .290 batting average with a .346 on-base percentage.
Daniel Descalso is slated to open the season as the starting second baseman for the Cardinals, but with Allen Craig's injury, Schumaker could very well be the opening day starter in right field. If not, he provides depth at both positions.
Ryan Theriot has been non-tendered, so he's now a free agent.
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Cardinals re-sign Skip Schumaker to two-year deal
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:07 am