With one homegrown star possibly leaving the team in the next year via a trade or free agency, can the Orioles keep another? If third baseman Manny Machado leaves the Orioles via free agency after the 2018 season, second baseman Jonathan Schoop could do the same at the end of 2019.
With Machado likely to command a contract the team is not prepared and/or willing to match, Schoop should be a different story. He has two years of team control left and his next deal will come well under the projected potential of $300 million or more for Machado. The Orioles would surely seem to have the resources and desire to re-sign Schoop.
Schoop had his best year in 2017. He was named the Most Valuable Oriole, finished 12th in the American League MVP vote and was named an All-Star for the first time.
Schoop set career highs in hits, homers, runs, on-base percentage, slugging, RBIs and on-base plus slugging in 2017, and produced 4.1 Wins Above Replacement per FanGraphs and 5.1 per baseball-reference.com.
He batted .293/.338/.503 with 35 doubles, 32 homers, 92 runs and 105 RBIs. He produced a .841 OPS and OPS+ of 123. He hit .338 with runners in scoring position, .300 versus lefties and .290 versus right-handers. He hit .303 with an OPS of .891 at home and .283/.792 on the road. He increased his walk rate from 3.2 to 5.2 percent with a slight strikeout rate decrease from 21.2 percent to 21.0.
What a Jonathan Schoop contract extension might look like
Masn | Jan 2