1) Skip accumulated starter-level AB's during his age 27-29 seasons in StL. I think "perennial bench player" is a bit of an exaggeration. He would be a reasonable stop-gap starter -- if not a desirable one in any way shape of form.
2) I've read elsewhere on this thread that his overall production grades out at around replacement level. A .715 OPS with slightly below-average D at 2B would be disappointing, but not as much so if it means a Choo signing.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
In any case, it is interesting to try to read the tea leaves here with these early moves. Pena seems to portend a Hanigan trade and/or a possible Chapman move to the rotation. Schumaker seems to signal the need for some flexibility and/or a backup plan at both 2B and OF. It isn't hard to see what types of things Walt might be thinking about here, is it?
Last edited by RedEye; 11-18-2013 at 06:12 PM.
Xavier Paul will not be on the team this coming year, a one trick pony who isn't capable of pulling off that one trick enough to justify a roster spot.
Good signing. Dude absolutely killed Reds' pitching.
I'd be really dissapointed if that were the plan. Firstly, I doubt Skippy can post a .715 OPS over a full slate of at-bats, and he was never a great fielding 2nd basemen to begin with. I don't think Reds pitchers would be too pleased with both Choo and Skip playing up the middle.2) I've read elsewhere on this thread that his overall production grades out at around replacement level. A .715 OPS with slightly below-average D at 2B would be disappointing, but not as much so if it means a Choo signing
Do you not see the possibility that this is also a hint at a WJ contingency plan? My guess is that there has at least been some internal discussion of trading BP and/or signing Choo. Adding a Schumaker at least gives the team some backup options as they work to try to make one or both of these scenarios come to pass.
This signing raises many questions.
It isn't the Reds usual pattern to get an offensive player to back up 2B. Usually they get a good fielding middle infielder who can play SS.
And while I'm not concerned about Skip being handed CF, with Phillips on the block he could possibly be slated as a full time or platoon 2B. That is possible.
If he is a pure backup, then maybe Hannahan is leaving. Or, I guess, Skip could be a replacement for XPaul. But I'm guessing Skip is primarily going to play infield.
I'm ok with Skip, I always liked him and I think the Reds want to add some gritty veterans. But I have no idea what they are up to.
Last edited by Kc61; 11-18-2013 at 06:50 PM.
I think it has been a bit underplayed just how pissed off Mr. Castellini was with how the team played and looked down the stretch. Signing Skip, and the flexibility he gives, is a sign in my opinion that a major, major trade is coming this offseason.
I've thought it since I heard Bob left the Pittsburgh game early in disgust, and I think it even more now. I don't know who it is, but I absolutely believe this team is going to make at least one very major move this offseason.
I think Bob wants to win incredibly bad, is willing to push the budget to it's absolute limit for this market, and was very frustrated by last year. Those 3 things combined, along with a signing like this that enables Walt to have more flexibility really makes me think something very big is happening.
I think Walt is using this signing as a "just in case" signing, he can move Skip around to a few different spots or roles if necessary depending on what happens.
I'm telling you, something very, very big is happening this offseason.