Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 12/12/12
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.
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