Those versatile bench guys the Dodgers love so much are falling fast.
Having already lost Nick Punto to the A’s last week, they have apparently now lost his buddy, Skip Schumaker, to the Reds.
Nick Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Monday that Schumaker has signed a two-year deal with Cincinnati.
Schumaker, who will be 34 in February, split his time with the Dodgers last season between second base and the outfield. He hit .263 in 319 at-bats with the Dodgers, with 31 runs and 30 RBI.
Punto and Schumaker are friends who both live in south Orange County and used to carpool to Dodger Stadium. Both played more than the Dodgers anticipated and helped give a strong veteran outlook to the clubhouse.
Jerry Hairston Jr., 37, was the other jack-of-all-trades for the Dodgers, but he hit just .143 in the second half, is a free agent and not expected back.
That means with the loss of Schumaker and Punto, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti will once again have to reinvent his bench for next season.
Rosenthal tweeted the signing announcement is pending Schumaker passing his physical.
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