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Schumaker set to join Reds on two-year pact

Schumaker set to join Reds on two-year pact

Schumaker set to join Reds on two-year pact

CINCINNATI -- The Reds and utility player Skip Schumaker have agreed on a two-year deal, according to a Monday report from Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com.

Terms for the contract were not known and the deal is pending the completion of a physical. The Reds have made no formal announcement.

Schumaker, 33, played for the Dodgers last season and batted .263 with two home runs, 30 RBIs and a .332 on-base percentage in 125 games.

From 2005-12, Schumaker was a member of the Cardinals and batted .288 with a .342 on-base percentage over eight seasons. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft by Walt Jocketty, who is now the Reds' general manager.

A left-handed hitter, Schumaker is a career .300 hitter with a .357 on-base percentage against right-handed pitching and a .211 hitter with a .280 OBP vs. lefties.

Although not known for defense, Schumaker is versatile and could give the Reds' bench a boost, playing second base and all three outfield positions. He also pitched in two games last season for the Dodgers.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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