Is a reunion with Jonathan Schoop out of the question for the Orioles?
As most of you know, Jonathan Schoop struggled after he was traded from the Orioles to the Milwaukee Brewers. He hardly saw action in the playoffs and the Brewers decided to non-tender him, making him a free agent. Could a reunion with the Orioles happen in 2019?
How likely would it be for the Baltimore Orioles to sign Jonathan Schoop after the Brewer’s non-tendered him? Mike Elias should at least offer him a two-year contract with an option for a third year at $35-million dollars.
He probably won’t get that high of an offer due to the fact that he didn’t produce in his time with Milwaukee; Brewer’s General Manager David Stearns mentioned in a Friday interview that trading for Schoop was a bad deal.
It wouldn’t hurt to see if he’d be willing to test the market in a few years after struggling. In 2018, he appeared in 46 games and batted .202 with only four home-runs in Milwaukee, compared to hitting .244 with 17 homers in 85 games with the Orioles.
Schoop could play second and Jonathan Villar, who the O’s got back in the trade for Schoop, would move to shortstop since they have an opening there.
The Baltimore Orioles are in complete rebuild mode now and the Jonathan’s (Schoop and Villar) can be part of that rebuild since they’re both young.
It would make sense for Mike Elias to go in a different direction, but Jonathan Schoop is comfortable in Baltimore and when healthy can put up good numbers. I’d be very happy if Schoop was back in Baltimore so it could be him that leads the Orioles to the World Series.
Would you like it if Jonathan Schoop signed a 2-3 year contract with the Orioles this offseason, and how surprised were you that he struggled so much in Milwaukee?