Chicago Cubs: Rival Brewers part ways with Jonathan Schoop
Looking for a boost in the middle infielder last summer, the Milwaukee Brewers traded for the Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop. Coming off a 32-homer, 105-RBI campaign, Schoop had hit 17 homers and driven in 40 at the time of the deal – to go along with a disappointing .244 average.
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Clearly, if the Orioles were looking to maximize return, they should have dealt Schoop during the 2017-18 offseason, but that’s neither here nor there. Milwaukee acquired him on July 31 in exchange for Jonathan Villar, Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona.
But instead of giving the Brewers a boost, he floundered as Milwaukee chased down the Cubs in the National League Central. Schoop batted just .202 with a dismal .246 OBP in 46 games for the Brew Crew – making the team’s decision on Friday a fairly widely-anticipated move.
Schoop was projected to make $10.1 million in 2019 via arbitration. The Brewers have no intentions of relinquishing their status atop the division and given that’s no chump change, the team will undoubtedly put that money to use in other ways this offseason.