Utilityman Skip Schumaker signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds.
Winners: Schumaker, Dodgers
Schumaker is a winner because he gets a multi-year deal, which is always good news for a bench player.
For the Dodgers, though, this is good news as well. Schumaker did not have a good year at the plate (.263/.332/.332), and he is an outfielder on a team with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier still under contract. Assuming health for all of those guys has proven to be a risky proposition, but the Dodgers have to know that they have a logjam in the outfield.
Letting Schumaker go frees up a roster spot for the Dodgers to pursue bullpen help, Masahiro Tanaka or even a different fifth outfielder later in the offseason if nothing else materializes.
Loser: Derrick Robinson
In such a low-cost and low-impact move, none of the main players is likely to be a loser, so we look to Derrick Robinson—the Cincinnati outfielder who was designated for assignment to make room for Schumaker.