Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Reds make Skip Schumaker signing official

It's official. The Reds have finally announced the signing of utility player Skip Schumaker to a two-year contract. The announcement was made on Tuesday.

Schumaker will reportedly make $2 million in 2014, $2.5 million in 2015, and at least $500,000 in 2016, as there is a club $2.5 million club option with a $500,000 buyout.

In nine big league seasons, eight of which came with the Cardinals, Schumaker boasts a slash line of .285/.344/.372. However, his slash line in each of the last four seasons have been under his career averages.

"The first thing I wanted to do was sign with a team that had a really good chance to win," Schumaker said. "The Reds have been that way, one of the best teams in the National League for the last three or four years. I knew that division really well. ... It was just a really good fit for me and I'm really excited about the opportunity."

To make room for the 33-year-old on the roster, Cincinnati designated outfielder Derrick Robinson for assignment. Robinson batted .255 while appearing in 102 games for the Reds as a rookie last season.

It's apparently been a rough week for Robinson. According to C. Trent Rosecrans, Robinson was forced to prematurely leave his winter league ball team after sustaining a shoulder injury. The severity of the injury is not known.

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