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Schumaker signs two-year pact

Skip Schumacher was the last player under the Cardinals' control not to have a contract for 2010.

Not only does he have one for 2010, Schumaker has one for 2011, too. The Redbirds announced they have avoided arbitration with the outfielder turned second baseman by inking him to a two-year, $4.7-million deal.

He'll get $2 million in 2010 and $2.7 in 2011 and could make another $300,000 in performance-based incentives.

Schumaker asked for $2.75 million in arbitration and the Cardinals countered with $1.45 million. So the deal gives him security while it likely will afford the Birds some savings. Splitting the difference on the arbitration filings would have cost the team $2.1 million and Schumaker could have won $3-$3.5 million in arbitration in 2011 with another decent season this year.

Skippy made $430,000 in 2009.