Dodgers acquire Skip Schumaker
Schumaker is a .288 career hitter over eight seasons, all in St. Louis. He has played all three outfield positions, as well as second base.
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The move seems to have been prompted by the recommendation of new Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who worked with Schumaker in St. Louis.
The Dodgers had been seeking a fourth outfielder, although their preference had been for a right-handed hitter.
Schumaker, 32, played a significant role in the Cardinals' World Series run in 2011, going 8 for 21 with four RBIs in the NLDS and World Series. He is a .305 career hitter against right-handed pitching.
The teams agreed to the trade on Tuesday night and Schumaker passed a physical on Wednesday to finalize the deal.
Lemmerman, 23, was a fifth-round pick out of Duke in 2010. He batted .233 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs with Double-A Chattanooga last season.
Schumaker was born in Torrance, Calif., and attended Aliso Niguel High in Orange County. He was a fifth-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2001 draft.
The Dodgers have had an active offseason, acquiring free-agent pitchers Zack Greinke, Brandon League and Ryu Hyun-jin at a combined cost of about $230 million, but Tuesday's trade is their first since a pair of blockbusters landed them Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford last season.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that he was seeking to trade Schumaker, who will earn $1.5 million next season.
"We're trying to optimize the type of return we might get for him," Mozeliak told the newspaper.
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