The Los Angeles Dodgers are beginning to lose role players left and right. A few days since losing utility player Nick Punto to the Oakland Athletics, the Dodgers lost utility player Skip Schumaker after he has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds.
The Dodgers acquired Schumaker last winter in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles native spent the season as a key player off the bench, filling in for the injury-plagued outfield most of the year.
Schumaker finished the season with a .263 batting average, two home runs, 30 RBIs and 16 doubles and stepped up when the Dodgers needed him. He even started all four games of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves while Andre Ethier nursed his leg injury.
Schumaker then stepped in again for Ethier in Game 2 of the NLCS against his former team, the Cardinals. Schumaker hit .158 with two RBIs and three hits in the postseason.
Despite his struggles, Schumaker was a key cog in the Dodgers clubhouse and now, along with the departure of Punto, leaves the Dodgers with some holes in the bench.
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