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Padres sign Schumaker to Minors deal

Veteran utility man led Majors in pinch-hits last season
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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres signed infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

Schumaker, 36, has played parts of 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, can play second base and the outfield and is regarded as a strong clubhouse presence.

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres signed infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

Schumaker, 36, has played parts of 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, can play second base and the outfield and is regarded as a strong clubhouse presence.

Schumaker, who is from Torrance, won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2011. He hit .242/.306/.336 in 244 at-bats with the Reds last year.

Schumaker will compete for a job on the bench, and his versatility helps. So does his knack for pinch-hitting. He led the Major Leagues with 19 pinch-hits in 2015.

For his career, Schumaker is a .278/.337/.364 hitter with a career .291 average against right-handers.

The Padres have Cory Spangenberg essentially set to start at second base, but the team has looked to fill out the rest of the bench, giving first-year manager Andy Green options.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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