Twins Sign Second Baseman Jonathan Schoop

Per Thursday’s reports, your under new management manager Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

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Schoop (pronounced “Scope”), who turned 27 in October, has been competing at the big league level since the end of the 2013 campaign.

After donning only Orioles jerseys throughout his first five and a half MLB seasons, the Curacao native was sent to Milwaukee during last year’s trade deadline.

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Unfortunately for the Brew Crew, the power hitting second baseman’s 46 regular season game tenure with their ball club included only four home runs, and produced a putrid .202 BA (.246 OBP).

Those numbers are an absurdly far cry from Schoop’s All Star selection worthy 2017 campaign. That year, the new member of the Twins hit .293 (.338 OBP), belted 32 bombs, and finished 12th in MVP voting.

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In addition to those impressive stats, the only second basemen bolstering more extra base hits over the past three seasons than Jonathan Schoop are Brian Dozier and Jose Altuve.

As mentioned earlier in this article, Schoop just turned 27 years old. When you consider his youth, combined with his previous production, reports that he was playing through a strained oblique at the end of last season seem more than logical.

It’s no secret that the long term future of the Twins infield lies in the extremely coordinated hands of the upcoming Nick Gordon and Royce Lewis.

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With that being said, despite being labeled by some as a “stopgap” at Minnesota’s second base position, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Schoop’s stint with the Twins turns into more than a single season ordeal.

No disrespect to last year’s actual infield “stopgap”Logan Forsythe, but the Twins hit the proverbial panic button on this one.

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John Gorham

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