Orioles rookie Jonathan Schoop homered against the Yankees last night for the second straight game and the 23-year-old infielder has hit .379 with four homers, two doubles, and a 1.262 OPS in nine games versus New York.
And here’s the thing: Schoop has been terrible against non-Yankees teams. For his Orioles career he’s hit just .205 with a .246 on-base percentage and .309 slugging percentage in 93 games against every other team.
Against the Yankees: 4 homers, 1.262 OPS in 9 games.
Against the rest of MLB: 8 homers, .555 OPS in 93 games.
(He also hit just .256 with a .697 OPS at Triple-A.)
Oh, and last night’s game-tying homer against the Yankees came off Dellin Betances, who made the All-Star team as a rookie and has been one of the most unhittable pitchers in baseball this season. Schoop also hit two homers off Masahiro Tanaka earlier this season, both of them go-ahead blasts.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.
Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.
Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.