#1 he was their top target in free agency. von miaowang123 19.04.2019 04:24

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Skip Schumaker is returning to the NL Central, completing a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday that gives them a versatile player off the bench. Schumaker gets a $2 million base salary next season and $2.5 million in 2015. The deal includes a club option for 2016 with a $2.5 million base and a $500,000 buyout. The 33-year-old Schumaker was drafted by current Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and played his first eight seasons in St. Louis, batting .288 with 23 homers and 211 runs batted in. He played for the Dodgers last season, batting .263 in 125 games with two homers and 30 RBIs. He played second base and all three outfield positions last season. "Im not going to assume anything other than that Ill be off the bench, the role Ive been in the last couple of years in the major leagues," Schumaker said during a conference call. "I dont think it will be that much different -- being used off the bench more than anything." To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Reds designated outfielder Derrick Robinson for assignment. Robinson split time between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati last season, batting .255 in 102 games for the Reds. Schumaker was interested in staying with the Dodgers, but got the impression he wasnt a priority during contract talks. When the Reds showed an interest, he quickly decided to take the offer rather than go deep into the off-season as a free agent. "I had a great time in LA and especially with the run we had to get to the playoffs, the whole deal of how we started, how we finished -- a pretty amazing run," he said. "I felt there was some unfinished business and maybe going back there. "During negotiations, I kind of felt like maybe I was on the backburner, maybe hold on and sit and wait and see how things developed and what was going on in their organization. And I really didnt want to wait. I felt so good about Cincinnati." The Reds have won 90 games and made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, but failed to make it past the first round. They fired manager Dusty Baker after they lost the one-game wild card playoff in Pittsburgh. Schumaker said the Reds recent success was a major factor in his decision. "The first thing I wanted to do was sign with a team that has a chance to win," he said. "The Reds have been that way, one of the best teams in the National League the last three or four years. I knew that division really well. Walt Jocketty drafted me and gave me the opportunity to play professional baseball." Gerry Cheevers Jersey . - The Jacksonville Jaguars are leaning more toward playing injured quarterback Blake Bortles against Tennessee on Thursday night. Derek Sanderson Jersey . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins (3) - Surrendered a tough first goal against on a deflection through the body short side. http://www.cheapbruinsjerseys.info/authentic-tuukka-rask-bruins-jersey/ . -- Jim Furyk was 10 shots worse and right where he wanted to be Saturday in the BMW Championship. Patrice Bergeron Jersey . -- The Detroit Lions made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free agency. David Pastrnak Jersey . The Sochi organizing committee said in Fridays statement that the torch relay reached the North Pole on Oct. 19. Russian Polar explorer Artur Chilingarov, who led the mission, lit a special bowl at the North Pole sign.Kevin De Bruynes Chelsea tenure appears to be a short one. According to reports in England, the 22-year-old Belgian international is on the verge of a move back to the Bundesliga, this time with fifth-place Wolfsburg. De Bruyne joined Chelsea in 2012 from Genk, but spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen and has only made five startss for Chelsea.dddddddddddd It is believed that De Bruynes pending deal with Wolfsburg would be for five years. Chelsea is then expected to focus on bringing Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic back to Stamford Bridge. The 25-year-old Matic was sold by Chelsea to Benfica in 2011 as a makeweight in the transfer of David Luiz. ' ' '

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