With so many holes to fill on the Rays roster and so little cap room after all arbitration eligible players are hashed out, where will the offense come from? One option could be Skip Schumaker who could be obtained via trade with the St. Louis Cardinals.
While Schumaker isn’t exactly the next coming of Evan Longoria in terms of offense, he does have a few things going for him. The fact that his role has diminished with the breakout play of Daniel Descalso he becomes expendable for the Cards. Not to mention the fact that the Rays love versatility, to which Schumaker plays both second base and all three outfield positions. At age 32 Schumaker has plenty of baseball left in him.
John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ General Manager, was quoted as saying recently “It’s hard to imagine him getting a chance at a ton of playing time there with what we know we have, and what we know we have coming.”
As a part time player in 2012 with 304 plate appearances Schumaker managed a solid .276/.339/.368 slash line while managing 1 HR & 28 RBI. Schumaker is a career .288 hitter in eight seasons, all with the Cardinals. At a modest $1.5 million salary on the books for Schumaker next season and the departure of Kyle Lohse, so pitching is what St. Louis will need and pitching is what Tampa has a plethora of, I see the Cards as a viable trade partner with the Rays. Andrew Friedman might feel the same way.