SKIP SCHUMAKER, 33, utility player
Final 2013 stats: .263 batting average, two home runs, 30 RBI, .332 on-base and slugging percentages, 31 runs and 0.00 ERA.
Contract status: Last month signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with the
The good: When they traded for
He and his South Orange County carpool buddy,
From May 8 to Aug. 31 (77 games), he batted .310, which also included that stretch where the Dodgers went 42-12. Made two emergency relief appearances, not allowing a run.
The bad: Struggled to start the season (.135 in 27 games) and to finish it (.204 in 21 games). He was less than an average second baseman defensively. Filled in at center for the injured
What's next: Utility man for the Reds.
The take: Schumaker provided about what the Dodgers figured offensively, probably a little less defensively and a little more in the clubhouse.
For almost four months in the middle of the season he was an offensive spark and helped fuel the Dodgers' great run to the division title.
And then, of course, there were his two pitching appearances in a pair of blowout losses where he loaded the bases each time and then, er, pitched out of trouble.