Schoop, 27, opened the season with the Orioles, batting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 367 plate appearances. The Brewers acquired him ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline but it didn’t work out for the Brewers. Schoop posted a paltry .577 OPS in 46 games and went hitless in eight postseason at-bats.
Schoop had a very productive year in 2017 but it looks like an outlier compared to what he’s done over the rest of his six-year career. Still, it’s a relatively cheap contract for the Twins.
MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger adds that the Twins have also inked infielder Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contract. Torreyes was designated for assignment by the Yankees on November 26, then traded to the Cubs two days later. The Cubs non-tendered Torreyes two days after that. So it’s been an interesting two weeks for him.
With Torreyes and Schoop, the Twins have added some capable infielders at little cost.