Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Los-angeles-dodgers-louis
ST. LOUIS Skip Schumaker is heading home. The Cardinals traded the southern California native to the Los Angeles Dodgers late Tuesday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. 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. His sporadic playing time led to a conversation between his agent and general manager John Mozeliak after the season when Schumaker conveyed that hed be open to a trade if it meant a better opportunity elsewhere. Mozeliak confirmed at last weeks Winter Meetings in Nashville that he was seeking to honor Schumakers request and the Dodgers surfaced as one of the first teams to show interest. Its not yet confirmed what the Cardinals will be receiving back in the trade. The Los Angeles Times reported that Schumaker must pass a physical Wednesday for the deal to become official. The left-handed hitting Schumaker was a fifth round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2001 and first broke into the big leagues with them in 2005. He has a career .288 batting average in eight Major League seasons in St. Louis in 2,442 at-bats. Schumaker attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and still lives in the Los Angeles area in the offseason. The trade reunites him with friend and former hitting coach Mark McGwire, who left the Cardinals to join the Dodgers last month. He transformed into an adequate option at second base prior to the 2009 season but saw little to no playing time there down the stretch in 2012. Matheny went with the stronger defensive option in Dan Descalso despite him struggling much more at the plate. Cardinals fans and media alike wondered why Schumaker wasn't getting more playing time late in the season despite his stronger numbers at the plate. Matheny once became agitated during a pregame chat with reporters in which a series of repeated questions were asked about why Schumaker wasn't playing. Schumaker has one year remaining on a two-year, 3 million deal signed last winter.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hoyer doesn’t think about getting benched for Manziel

Cardinals kicker blew $1,500 signing bonus on headphones

Ainge: Draft lottery reform would be 'better for the game'

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano at UFC 182

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

Report: Some Seahawks think Wilson isn’t 'black enough'

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late, misses practice

Report: Texas to pay scholarship athletes $10K per year

Jimbo Fisher's son reps for Winston on 'Superhero Day'

WATCH: Steve Ballmer freaks out while shown on Jumbotron

AUDIO: Rex Ryan pranks Sammy Watkins on conference call

Top storyline for each Week 8 NFL game

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Will Muschamp's head coaching job posted on Craigslist

Miss California USA would like to date Eric Hosmer

WATCH: Eric Bledsoe sends Clipper flying with sick move

Kiffin's mom fears for son's safety in return to Tennessee

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

WATCH: Cutest grandma challenges Dwyane Wade to game of one-on-one

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.