(BaseballStL) -- If the chances ever arise that you can trade an aging player who will not see much, if any, playing time in exchange for a younger player who plays a position where your team needs depth, take it.
That’s exactly what the Cardinals did late Tuesday night when the team agreed to send veteran utility infielder Skip Schumaker to the Dodgers in return for 22-year-old shortstop Jake Lemmerman.
Everyone except my girlfriend, and I’m sure several other ladies, should think this is a smart move by John Mozeliak and the Cardinals.
Schumaker, 32, saw little time late last season en route to hitting .276 with a home run and 28 RBI in 107 games. Lemmerman batted .233 with seven home runs and 46 RBI in 116 games for Double-A Chattanooga in 2012.
The Cardinals are looking for a future shortstop with the injury-prone Rafael Furcal on the backside of his career. The addition of Lemmerman will also provide a healthy competition for the shortstop position with Ryan Jackson and Pete Kozma.
The trade is already a plus for both teams even if Lemmerman never makes it to the big leagues. The Cardinals get the young prospect with upside while the Dodgers get a quality utility infielder looking for more playing time. It’s a clear win-win.
The trade is complete pending a physical.