Skip Schumaker seems to be a good fit as a platoon 2B for the Twins next season. Daniel Descalso has taken over the 2B spot for the Cardinals and looks to be the future at the position. Schumaker is a duplicate player as he's a LH 2B like Descalso. I won't go in depth into his career stats, because I'm sure if you're interested you'd look it up to approve or disapprove this thread :), but he hits RH pitching well.. Career .305/.359/.403 slash line.
The plan would be to platoon him along side Jamey Carroll at 2B with Carroll also being the utility guy at SS and 3B when needed. This would also help keep Carroll's AB under 400. Schumaker is under contract for 1yr - 1.5M in 2013, will be 33 years old and shouldn't cost too much to acquire. What are your thoughts?
We already have an aging offense. We need to develop younger players who will be part of the next playoff team. Adding more guys in their 30s adds to the cycle of mediocrity.
I agree that we need to develop younger players, but I also want to field the most competitive team I can to start 2013. Considering we don't have a young 2B ready to start everyday I feel platooning these two would be a good short term solution, as he would only be a 1 year commitment which would also help block Carroll's vesting option which would make 2013 his last year as well and would clear the 2B position for 2013. Maybe by mid season Brian Dozier finds his confidence in AAA next year or Danny Santana does well in AA, one of them can become the young developing 2B.
Originally Posted by jorgenswest
With the need to acquire young starting pitching, I don't see them being able to acquire a young MI so I'm suggesting Schumaker as a one year stop gap. Plus if we're out of it by mid season, I'm sure he would have trade value to a contending team, and should bring a similar return as to what we'd give up to acquire him.
I like the idea. Pretty cheap option too.
Good idea. It depends on what it would take to acquire him. PTBNL or something and go for it. Too much more and we're giving up value for a bench/platoon bat.
Gardy is insistent on switch hitting middle infielders. It is why they bit on Eduardo Escobar, they are a suckers for those guys.
If the Twins can find time for Mauer at 3B against righthanders, they could bring in a righthanded bat to platoon at 1b or right field when they face lefthanders. Mike Napoli would be ideal, the Twins could finally drop Butera then too.
No need to drop Butera. Just plug him in as our 4th/5th starter!
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I don't know why the Cardinals would want to get rid of Schumaker, he was never truly a full time "starter" the past two years for them anyways. He is on a cheap deal and still provides value, I mean if they want to give him away for nothing I am all for it though. Ideally we could then find a taker for Carroll.