The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly going to non-tender second baseman Jonathan Schoop, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Jonathan Schoop experiment might be coming to an end for the Milwaukee Brewers. A short and painful end. Schoop was acquired by the Brewers via a trade with the Baltimore Orioles at the deadline. In return for Schoop’s services, Milwaukee gave up Jonathan Villar, Jean Carmona and Luis Ortiz.
Schoop, an All-Star in 2017, was having a down season in Baltimore, hitting just .244 with a .273 on-base percentage before the trade. Milwaukee was hoping a change of scenario would get his bat going, but that was far from the truth.
After he came to Milwaukee, Schoop’s slump worsened, as he hit .202 with the Brewers. Schoop’s play was so bad, he only made eight plate appearances in the playoffs and manager Craig Counsell hardly looked his way.
Schoop, just 27-years-old, is projected to make $10.1 million in arbitration this season. While that may be a fine salary to pay for the 2017 version, it’s too much of a risk for a small market team like the Brewers to commit to based on what happened last season.
If Schoop does hit the market, he figures to have plenty of suitors. He has proven he can be successful in the MLB and that’s something that not a lot of players can say. Also, he’s young and has time to get his career back on track.
If the Brewers do non-tender Schoop, it could be a sign of general manager David Stearns admitting he made a mistake in July and trying to cut his losses. The trade already goes down as one of Stearns bigger mistakes, as he gave up valuable pieces in order to swing the deal. No matter what happens, Schoop is a player to watch in the coming months.