If Skip Schumaker could play average defense at second base, he would be a great choice as our next second baseman.
I used a couple of basic hitting sabermetrics to determine his runs created and I also used a linear weight formula to compare him to second basemen around the majors from 2008. The stats I calculated must be fairly accurate because they said the Pujols was the best hitter in the National League (and the majors) and Pedroia was the best hitter in the American League.
The linear weight said that Schumaker would be the 5th best hitting 2B in the Nationals and 11th in the majors. The runs created stat said he would be 4th best in the Nationals and 9 in the majors. The only better option that we might have a chance at would be Jose Lopez which I would recommend we do if we can get a good deal for him. Only $1.6M. But that’s for a later time.
With our surplus of OF we could easily afford to move Schu to second. If he can prove that he can field the grounders then there is absolutely no reason not to give him the job.
Which leads me to Adam Kennedy. He was nowhere near the top of the list in these hitting categories. Schumaker was nearly 40 better in both runs created and linear weights. That is a fairly significant offensive upgrade, which I think would outweigh the defense downgrade. To be fair to Kennedy, he did play in 38 games. But regardless, I still think Schumaker would have a great offensive advantage over Kennedy.
Schumaker was even a little better than Hudson on offense but Hudson played only 107 games while Schu played 153 and these stats are affected by amount of playing time, so Orlando would be a better option if we can get him.
Schumaker was our second best hitting OF last year. DeWitt just came out and said we’re not being affected by the economy much due to the all-star game, so what I take out of that is that we have money to spend. Manny anyone? He was the best hitting OF last year creating more runs than anyone with 140 and finishing in second in the linear weights by 1/100 of a point. Ludwick was 5th. Ankiel wasn’t too shabby. That would be a great lineup.
Although if we did somehow sign Manny, Ludwick or Ankiel would be gone for pitching. Now for pitchers I used a rating based off league average. If we are going the trade route, there are a few people I would like to see in a Cardinals uniform. Not much from the Marlins, Nolasco or Volstad. If Detroit is trading, I want Gallaraga. There are a few others I would like to see. The Free agent wise, Perez was only slightly above average, so I’m not too upset there except he good have had some more potential. We’ll see I guess. Looper was above average and started 33 times. He is what we need. I am all for re-signing him. Cheaper and more durable than Sheets, he fits in with what we need and he will not cost us our 1st round pick.
By the way, Springer was very slightly better than Fuentes last year. He would have also been a few million cheaper. But we couldn’t sign either. Also, our only starting pitcher that was below league average for us last year was Pineiro and he wasn’t that close to league average.
To finish this off, I’ll just say that we should sign Manny trade Ludwick/Ankiel and/or a prospect or two to the Mariners for Rowland-Smith/Morrow and/or Lopez. Or to Marlins for Volstad and/or Uggla (probably just one of them) Then we still have a logjam in the OF if we get Lopez or Uggla so we can trade Dunc to the AL for some relief help.
CF Ankiel (Rasmus will go to Memphis for a while)
Or flip Lopez and Schu
I can go on longer but won’t waste your time with more ideas that will never happen that this turned into at the end.