Detroit Tigers keep key piece of rebuild in Jonathan Schoop

Aug 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop (7) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop (7) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Tigers appeared to have a strong trade candidate in Jonathan Schoop. A power hitting second baseman in the midst of what could be considered his best season in the majors, Schoop’s low cost contract and solid production made him someone that would have had a robust market. Instead, the Tigers made the surprising decision to hold on to him even though he was slated to be a free agent at the end of the season.

The decision to hold on to Schoop makes much more sense now. They have announced that he has signed a two year extension worth $15 million, including an opt-out after the 2022 season.

Detroit Tigers keep key piece in their rebuild

Schoop’s extension is notable for several reasons. First, the Tigers had not extended a player since J.D. Martinez back in 2016, showing how unimportant any of the veteran talent was considered when it came to the current roster. Second, the Tigers have shaken off a slow start to show signs of competence, posting winning months and having a legitimate chance to finish second in the AL Central.

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While Schoop may not be a star, his presence has certainly been felt on the Tigers. He has been a steady part of the lineup since signing before the 2020 season, a veteran hitter who has solidified a potential problem spot on the roster.

He certainly deserves such a deal. Schoop has produced a solid .289/.333/.468 batting line in his 456 plate appearances, belting 18 homers and 19 doubles. He has been solid defensively as well, slotting at first and second while displaying an above average glove at both spots.

It is also a message to the rest of the team. The young Tigers have tangible proof that the front office thinks that they are close to contending with Schoop’s extension. That recent run of success has only reinforced that belief. Detroit is at the point where there are no more excuses – it is time to begin to win. Keeping Schoop is a part of that plan.

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a two year extension with Jonathan Schoop. It is a message to the time that the rebuild is coming to an end.