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Jonathan Schoop Inks One-Year Deal With Twins

December 07, 2018 - 6:20 am

By Joe Schiller

Any chance of a reunion in Baltimore for Jonathan Schoop will be put on hold for now.

The 27-year-old second baseman signed a one-year with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday and the official announcement was made public shortly after.  

Schoop spend 5 ½ years in Baltimore and quickly developed into one of the league’s brightest young infielders during that time. He earned All-Star honors in 2017 – batting .293 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs in 160 games.

The Orioles’ struggles last season forced a full-scale rebuild and Schoop was one of the many pieces moved before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Schoop was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Jonathan Villar and two prospects.

At the time, the Brewers were in the midst of a playoff push and eventually made it to the NCLS, but Schoop barely played a role. He hit just .202 at the plate, total four home runs 21 RBIs during 46 regular season games.

Schoop’s struggles led to a non-tender last week, making him a free agent. He didn’t last long on the market and will join the Twins as they’ll look to make the postseason for the second time in three years after finishing 85-77 last season.

A competitive American League means Minnesota will need all the talent they can acquire and if Schoop can find his previous form, this could be a very solid move.