#9. Orioles Trade 26 Year-Old Jonathan Schoop
2018 marked several memorable trades as the Orioles shipped off several of their core group of players that helped the team have success earlier in the decade.
After trading Manny Machado, not many believed the Orioles would trade their other starting middle infielder, especially in his age 26 season. Schoop was an all-star in 2017 for the Orioles and in 2018 hit 17 home runs for Baltimore in 85 games.
Instead of holding onto the slugger for the future the team shipped him to Milwaukee. While Schoop would go onto struggle with the Brewers, he did get the chance to reach the NLCS and come a game within the world series with the Brew Crew before signing with the Twins in the off-season.
As for the O’s, they added the veteran Villar to fill the void left by Machado and Schoop in the short-term. In addition they infield prospect Jean Carmona who is just 19 years old and now ranks as the Orioles 22nd best prospect. They also added Luis Ortiz who has made three MLB outings for the O’s and is currently in Triple-A ranking as the team’s 18th best prospect.
With Schoop going onto struggle with the Brewers, the O’s seemed to have made a smart decision with this move. What makes it memorable is that they let a player with a ton of upside go in the early part of the prime of his carer.