Schoop signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Schoop will move west to Minnesota after being non-tendered by the Brewers earlier in the offseason. The 27-year-old struggled between Milwaukee and Baltimore in 2018, hitting just .233/.266/.416 across a combined 131 games at both stops. That said, he owns a career .258 average and has topped 20 homers in each of the past three seasons, so he could make for a sneaky late-round target in fantasy drafts given his open path to playing time in Minnesota.
Schoop was non-tendered by the Brewers on Friday. The Brewers had been telegraphing this move ever since they were eliminated from the playoffs. It's not that Schoop isn't a quality player, it's just that Milwaukee did not want to pay him eight figures, which he likely would have received in arbitration. Schoop had a down year at the worst time in 2018, hitting .233/.266/.416 with 21 home runs in 501 plate appearances. He should have plenty of suitors on the open market. If he can land somewhere where regular at-bats are a realistic possibility, he will make for a nice late-round target in fantasy drafts, given his power potential and career .258 batting average.
Schoop went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead grand slam and five RBI in all in Sunday's victory over the Giants. Schoop has been piling up RBI of late, notching a whopping 10 over the last four games he appeared in. He still is not starting every day, but he was in the lineup three of the last four games, and five of the last six times a southpaw started on the mound for the opponent.
Schoop went 1-for-1 with three RBI in Tuesday's victory over the Cubs. Schoop did not start Tuesday, but thanks to a sacrifice fly and a two-run single, he tallied three RBI in a game for the first time since joining the Brewers. Schoop has had trouble finding consistent playing time of late, but he has at least been producing when he has taken the field, hitting .345/.412/.690 with three home runs and eight RBI in 34 plate appearances over his last 13 games.
Schoop is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals. Schoop has produced two-hit performances in three of his last four starts, but his questionable glove at shortstop has prevented him from capturing a full-time role at the position. Orlando Arcia will check in for Schoop in the middle infield in the series finale.