The Los Angeles Dodgers have made another move in a busy offseason, getting utility player Skip Schumaker from St. Louis in a trade for minor-league shortstop Jake Lemmerman.
The deal will become final when Schumaker passes a physical, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Schumaker, 32, had spent his entire eight-year career in the major leagues with the Cardinals. The .288 career hitter has experience playing second base and in the outfield.
It's likely the Dodgers will use Schumaker as a fourth outfielder next season. New Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire worked with Schumaker in St. Louis and, according to reports, may have recommended him to management.
Lemmerman, 23, spent this past season with double-A Chattanooga and hit .233 with seven home runs and 46 RBI.
--The Cincinnati Reds have reached agreement with utility infielder Jack Hannahan on a one-year, $2 million contract, according to Fox Sports.
Hannahan, 32, is expected to primarily back up Todd Frazier at third base, where he has played the majority of his innings in the major leagues, next year.
In two seasons with Cleveland, Hannahan hit .247 with 12 homers and 69 RBIs.
---Right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario, who was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox two days ago, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Wednesday and claimed by the Chicago Cubs.
---Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said he will be "definitely ready" to pitch during Spring Training and will be available to pitch in the Yankees' regular-season opener against the Red Sox on April 1, MLB.com reported.
"Oh yeah, I don't see why not," Rivera said, according to the report. "We have at least three months, four months to that point. I'll be ready."
Rivera, who turned 43 two weeks ago, had surgery to repair a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee. He signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Yankees.