The deal is for $4.5 million, according to multiple reports.
He’s back!— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) February 5, 2021
We’ve signed former All-Star and Gold Glove finalist Jonathan Schoop to a one-year contract. pic.twitter.com/RTqVlJ50Kx
Schoop was one of the Tigers’ best players last season, finishing with 1.2 WAR in 44 games. He slashed .278/.324/.475 with eight home runs, four doubles and two triples while striking out 39 times.
Now 29 years old, Schoop will likely slot in as the team’s everyday second baseman to begin 2021. He’s a slightly above-average defensive player.
Detroit’s Opening Day starting nine will likely be:
- Catcher: Wilson Ramos
- First base: Jeimer Candelario
- Second base: Jonathan Schoop
- Third base: Willi Castro
- Shortstop: Niko Goodrum
- Left field: Robbie Grossman
- Center field: JaCoby Jones
- Right field: Victor Reyes
- Designated hitter: Miguel Cabrera
It’s also possible Castro could be the team’s starting shortstop and someone else -- perhaps prospect Isaac Paredes or Candelario, if the Tigers sign a first baseman -- will slide over to third base.