The Detroit Tigers trade Jonathan Schoop to the Cubs
The Cubs are in first place in the NL Central currently, despite injuries to Nico Hoerner, David Bote, and Matt Duffy. Anthony Rizzo has had to take time off due to ongoing back issues.
General Manager Al Avila has traded with Chicago before and General Manager Jed Hoyer has said recently they could be buyers at the trade deadline. So what fits with the Cubs that makes sense? Adding Schoop would provide another power bat in the lineup and a rotation that is currently all right-handed? Hmm.
Outfielder Brennen Davis was ranked number 72 on the Baseball America ($) Top 100 and he was just promoted from South Bend in High-A to Double-A. The right-handed Davis was drafted in the second round from the 2018 draft. This idea is more of a “shoot for the moon” but the write-up on him as he is an athletic outfielder with speed and a good hit tool.
RHP Eury Ramos is currently closing in South Bend and would be a lottery card type of reliever that could give the Tigers depth.
Or just have the Detroit Tigers keep Jonathan Schoop
I presented a few ideas for the Detroit Tigers to trade Jonathan Schoop. But given the track record of Al Avila, do the fans expect anything of value in return? Well, let’s look at this at the current roster.
Jake Rogers has been solid so far and Daz Cameron has been producing since his call-up. The Tigers have Isaac Paredes and Jeimer Candelario also currently on the roster so yes, you are seeing pieces of Avila’s trades on the current 40-man roster.
If Detroit does not feel confident to have Willi Castro as their everyday second baseman, Schoop handles the position fine and it appears that Detroit is giving Paredes a shot at short since they are not getting results from Niko Goodrum or Castro.
So keeping Schoop would keep the Tigers watchable in the dog days of summer in August. In my opinion, any of the players I suggested Detroit gets back in return are interesting with a few tools that have upside that could pan out.
But if there is one thing that we can all agree on, Detroit has to spend a bit in the off-season. The farm system can address only so much.