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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3) Detroit Tigers trade Jonathan Schoop to the Seattle Mariners for 3B Austin Shenton and RP Aaron Fletcher

The Mariners sparked outrage among their fanbase earlier this week when they shipped off breakout closer Kendall Graveman to the Astros for infielder Abraham Toro. Even after acquiring Toro, they could use some more infield depth at first and second base instead of relying on consistent at-bats from Dylan Moore and Jake Bauers.

Austin Shenton is a production over tools bat that has found success at every level since he was drafted in the 5th round in 2019. He has put up particularly gaudy offensive numbers this season, producing a .994 OPS in 273 AB at high A Everett and making people who follow the minor leagues closely like myself wonder why he wasn’t promoted sooner. His promotion to AA finally came last month and he has continued to rake. He lacks supporting skills and a defensive position so he’s going to have to hit to have MLB viability.

Aaron Fletcher is a lefty bullpen arm with no carrying tool, but a track record of strong strikeout numbers in the minors. He’s likely a low-leverage bullpen arm who could throw some innings for a Tigers team that is going to need them down the stretch.

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