ST. LOUIS Unhappy with sporadic playing time late last season, Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker had his agent inform the club that hed be open to a trade if it meant a better opportunity to play elsewhere.
His wish was granted Wednesday. And it couldnt have turned out any better.
The Cardinals returned the Southern California native back home, trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a Double-A shortstop prospect Jake Lemmerman.
Schumaker, who fell out of favor with manager Mike Matheny and was rarely used down the stretch, hit .276 and had a .339 on-base percentage in 107 games last season.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed at last weeks winter meetings in Nashville that he was seeking to honor Schumakers trade request. The Dodgers surfaced as one of the first teams to show interest.
On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I want to thank Skip for his professionalism and many contributions to our ballclub during his 12-year associ...