Detroit Tigers: Three Jonathan Schoop Trade Ideas

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Jun 17, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Jonathan Schoop (7) reaches third against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Jonathan Schoop (7) reaches third against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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2) Detroit Tigers trade Jonathan Schoop and Jose Cisnero to the Milwaukee Brewers for SP Alec Bettinger, SS Korry Howell, and OF Joe Gray Jr. 

The Brewers are possibly the most interesting trade fit for Schoop, as they could use some depth at first and second base. Like most contenders, they also need bullpen reinforcements, and the Tigers reluctantly part ways with Cisnero in this scenario.

The Brewers front office may be feeling some pressure to capitalize on one of the strongest three-headed monsters anchoring their rotation that we have seen in recent memory. Acquiring Schoop and Cisnero would be on-brand for a club that likes to find sneaky upgrades without breaking the bank or mortgaging the future.

Howell and Gray Jr. would inject some much-needed life and excitement into the Detroit Tigers’ lower minors. Howell has been one of the biggest breakout stories in the minors this year, posting a 137 wRC+ across 264 PA at high A Wisconsin, all while playing just about every position on the diamond. His hit tool is his one big question mark, as he is still striking out at a 27% clip, but he has very strong supporting tools and is on an upward trajectory if he continues to hit.

Much like Howell, Gray Jr. has seen his performance tick up this season, performing well for the first time in his career after being selected in the second round back in 2018. Gray snuggles with strikeouts as well, but he has above-average power and slugged .632 across 231 AB in class A to start the season.

Bettinger possesses a similar command-over-stuff profile that the Tigers have been known to target in trades in recent years. He’s major league ready now and could help the Tigers fill innings over the final few months of the season with a slim chance to stick as a back-end rotation piece.

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