Minnesota Twins: Which players are free agents this offseason?
By Chris Schad
2019 stats: .256/.304/.473, 23 HR, 59 RBI, 61 R, 23 2B, 1 3B, 1 SB in 433 AB
Many Twins fans may have cringed when they heard the Twins reached a deal with Jonathan Schoop last winter after a brutal 2018, but he had a respectable bounce-back campaign. While it wasn’t the output of 2016 Brian Dozier, Schoop gave the Twins a quality bat in the middle of the infield and for the most part, he served his purpose.
Of course, his numbers only tell part of the story. In Baseball-Reference’s late and close situations, Schoop hit just .218 with one home run and four RBI. On the other hand, Schoop’s numbers with a margin greater than four runs spiked to .273 with 10 HR and 27 RBI.
His veteran leadership was a key part of why the Twins had such a big turnaround in 2019, but the rise of Luis Arraez behind him may make him a one-and-done in Minnesota. The good news is that he shouldn’t have any problems finding work elsewhere after a nice rebound season.