After a brief stint with the Milwaukee Brewers last season, second baseman Jonathan Schoop has found a new home, signing a one-year deal worth more than $7 million with the Minnesota Twins.
After the Twins dealt long time second baseman Brian Dozier to the Dodgers back in July, they have been searching for his replacement, and clearly Schoop was the guy they wanted.
#Twins finalizing one-year deal with free-agent 2B Jonathan Schoop for more than $7M, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2018
After having a terrific 2017 campaign, Schoop fell off considerably in 2018, hitting only .233 during his time with both the Orioles and Brewers.
This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Twins. If Schoop can get his feet back under him, they'll have an All-Star caliber player on a cheap deal. If not, they can let him go with little-to-no repercussions.
Schoop will have the ability to show that 2017 wasn't just a fluke on this "prove it" deal, and playing in a smaller market on a team that was mediocre last season will take a lot of pressure off of his back.
The Twins, who appear to be on the verge of signing Jonathan Schoop, announced that they have signed Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contract.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2018
In addition to Schoop, the Twins have solidified their infield even more by signing former Yankees utility player Ronald Torreyes, who hit .292 in 2017 and .280 in 2018. Torreyes will provide relief to the Twins infield, and is one of the better utility-men in baseball, specifical
For his career, Schoop has hit .258 with 110 home runs and 333 RBI's.