First, the Reds did decline Schumaker’s $2.5 mil option with a $500 K buyout. Since that happened I could see Schumaker going to Philly. Just looking at the Phillies’ roster and depth chart to see what they could potentially add to bolster their young roster. They could use a set up man, backup outfielder, and backup infielder. Well, If I am the Phillies I would just pitch the young guns in the rotation, do not sign a big name free agent, and just go for a experienced leader and good team player in Skip Schumaker.
In addition, I say Schumaker because he can solve the area of the Phillies’ needs as a backup infielder and outfielder. Schumaker also brings versatility that allows him to play second base and all 3 outfield spots. He hits left handed and hits for contact. He can also bunt and swipe some bases too. The 35 year old has a good averaged glove and rarely commits errors. In my opinion the Phillies could use him as a defensive replacements late in games. Schumaker is coming off a good year for a guy who does not play everyday, but had to with the lack of outfielders on the Reds roster.
In fact, The Torrance, California native had a stat line this year of .242/.306/.336/.642 with 1 homer and 21 RBIs. Schumaker has never hit for power in his 10 years in the pros (only 28 career homers). Schumaker would be an excellent lead-off hitter due to his pitch recognition, patience, and discipline or you could put Schumaker in the 8th or 9th spot to move runners over.
Prediction: Phillies sign Schumaker to a one year deal worth $2 mil with incentives that could reach up to $4 mil.