Schumaker, Cards agree on two-year contract

Schumaker, Cards agree on two-year contract

Schumaker, Cards agree on two-year contract
The Cardinals announced late Monday night that they agreed to terms with infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker on a two-year contract through 2013, thus avoiding arbitration.

St. Louis did not tender a 2012 contract offer to infielder Ryan Theriot, who becomes a free agent. Theriot, who hit .271 last season, could have made close to $4 million in arbitration.

Schumaker, 31, hit .283 in 117 games last season, including a .299 mark after the All-Star break. He batted .381 in the playoffs and had the game-winning RBI in the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series against the Phillies.

Schumaker has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2001, when he was drafted out of the University of California-Santa Barbara. He owns a career batting average of .290 with 22 home runs and 183 RBIs in 703 games, batting better than .300 for three consecutive seasons from 2007-09.

The left-handed-hitting Schumaker came up through the organization as an outfielder, but was St. Louis' everyday second baseman in 2009, helping the Cardinals to the NL Central title. He made 89 starts at second base last season and five in the outfield.

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.