Twins sign free agent Jonathan Schoop
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Minnesota Twins have signed free agent Jonathan Schoop to a one-year deal. It is worth $7.5 million.
The infielder can also make more with incentives. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Schoop can earn another $0.1 million if he reaches 600 plate appearances on the season.
The Twins signed Schoop over DJ LeMahieu and Jed Lowrie.
Schoop is expected to be the team’s second baseman, according to media reports. However, on the team’s depth chart, he is listed behind Ehire Adrianza.
The team has been in search of a second baseman since they traded Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.
He was non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers on November 30th. The Brewers acquired Schoop in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
Schoop was acquired by the Brewers for infielder Jonathan Villar, plus prospects Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona on July 31st, 2018. After the trade, he had a .202 batting average with four home runs and 21 RBIs over 124 at-bats in 46 games.
Prior to his trade to the National League, he spent his first five-plus seasons with the Orioles. In 85 games in 2018, he had a .244 batting average with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 349 at-bats.
In his career, he has a career .258 batting average with 110 home runs and 333 RBIs in 2,484 at-bats. He also has 640 hits, including 130 doubles and two triples.