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Report: Twins, Jonathan Schoop agree on one-year, $7.5 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are finalizing a one-year, $7.5 million contract. The deal also includes performance incentives.

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.

Twins reach historic home run total during 11-4 rout of White Sox

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The Twins trampled the White Sox on Friday night, cruising to a cool 11-4 lead over their division rivals and collecting their sixth double-digit win of 2019. Even more impressive, they picked up their 99th, 100th, and 101st home runs, a feat that’s rarely been matched in a team’s first 50 games of any given season.

The first homer of the night was delivered by Eddie Rosario in the third inning. Working against a single-run deficit, Rosario lifted an 0-1 fastball from the White Sox’ Reynaldo López, planting it firmly in the left field stands and evening the score, 4-4. Two batters later, Rosario’s solo home run got a sequel: a 398-footer from Miguel Sanó, this one postmarked for the upper deck in left.

In the fourth, now leading 5-4, the Twins saw a third and final homer from the bat of Max Kepler, whose center-field blast traveled a projected 397 feet to give the club a two-run advantage. Per MLB Stats, the Twins’ record — 101 homers in 50 games — stands second only to that of the 1999 Mariners, who managed to club 102 home runs before their 51st game of the season.

While the record has undoubtedly been a team effort, Rosario leads the pack with a team-best 15 homers so far this year, closely followed by C.J. Cron (13), Max Kepler (11), and Jonathan Schoop (10). Sanó, whose solo shot marked the team’s 100th home run of 2019, has just five, though there’s little doubt he’ll reach double digits before the end of the season.

According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, the Twins also made it to an even 300 runs scored in 2019, for a satisfying average of six runs per game and a new franchise record (previous high mark: 273 runs scored in 1992). With the win, they improved to 34-16 on the year and continue to hold a comfortable eight-game lead in the AL Central.