Dodgers acquire Skip Schumaker from Cardinals

LOS ANGELES ( - The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired utility player Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman, according to reports.

Schumaker is a .288 lifetime hitter over eight seasons, all in St. Louis. He has played all three outfield positions as well as second base.

The move seems to have been prompted by the recommendation of new Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who worked with Schumaker in St. Louis. The Dodgers had been seeking a fourth outfielder, although their preference had been for a right-handed hitter.

Schumaker, 32, played a significant role in the Cardinals' World Series run in 2011, going 8-for-21 with four RBIs in the division series and World Series.