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Jonathan Schoop signed by Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (USA) - Jonathan Schoop has been signed by the Minnesota Twins. On Thursday (December 6), Minnesota signed both Schoop and Ronald Torreyes, also a middle-infielder, to an one-year contract. Schoop's contract is worth 7.5 million Dollar. With this, Schoop returns to the American League where he played for Baltimore Orioles from 2013 through July this year.

...Jonathan Schoop is greeted after hitting...
...a homerun for the Netherlands Baseball Team...
...during the 2017 World Baseball Classic...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Last Friday (November 30), the 27-year old Schoop became a Free Agent after the Milwaukee Brewers decided to 'non-tender' him a new contract. When a club 'non-tenders' a player, it declines to give that player a contract for the upcoming season, which immediately makes the player a Free Agent. Players on the 40-man roster with fewer than six years of Major League service time must be tendered contracts each off-season by a set deadline, which comes mostly early December. When tendering a new contract to a player, the new salary will be determined set via arbitration, which mostly results in a raise of the player's salary. Most times, a club will 'non-tender' a player, because it feels the raise in salary he will receive in arbitration would be greater than his on-field value.

Ronald Torreyes comes to Minnesota after initially being traded eight days ago. This season, he played in 41 games for New York Yankees, batting .280 (28-for-100) with seven doubles and one triple. Last year, he played in 108 games for the Yankees for whom he also played in 2016. Torreyes made his Major League-debut in 2015 playing for Los Angeles Dodgers.

On November 28, Torreyes was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago Cubs. However, two days later, the Cubs non-tendered his contract and with that, he became a Free Agent.

Jonathan Schoop made his Major League-debut in 2013 playing for Baltimore Orioles. He then appeared in five games and batted 4-for-14 (.286) with a homerun, which he hit in his first game after he earlier recorded a single in his first at bat.

From 2014 on, the second baseman became a regular and productive player for the Orioles In 2016, he played in all 162 regular season-games for Baltimore in 2016 and batted .267 (164-for-615). Last year was his best in the Major League, setting career highs. In 160 games, Schoop batted .293 (182-for-622) with 32 homeruns, scored 92 runs and batted in 105. His performance in 2017 led to him being selected in the team of the American League for the All Star Game.

This year, Schoop batted .244 (85-for-349) in 85 games for Baltimore with 18 doubles, 17 homeruns, 45 runs scored and 40 RBI's. On July 31, he was traded to Milwaukee Brewers, but while playing there, his production lessened. After his trade, he batted only .202 (25-for-124) with four doubles and four homeruns in 46 games for Milwaukee and became a back-up infielder. With Milwaukee, Schoop won the title in the Central Division of the National League. But in the postseason, he got only eight at bats.

Schoop played in 28 official games for the Netherlands Baseball Team. With the Orange squad, he won the title at the World Baseball Championship in Panama. Thereafter, he reached the Semi-Final at the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic.

(December 6)

Related Article:
Jonathan Schoop and Milwaukee Brewers separate. (November 30)

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