Tigers fans, your wishes have been granted.
The Tigers have extended first baseman, Jonathan Schoop, through the 2023 season.
Not only has Jonathan Schoop been the team’s best hitter this season and his retention ensures two more years of offensive stability, but it is a sign that the Tigers plan on being contenders sooner rather than later.
In 151 games with the Tigers, Schoop has hit .286 with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs. Schoop also produced an OPS+ of 123, well above league average. In short, Schoop had played himself into a handsome contract for an immediate contender, if he so chose. And with Scott Boras as his agent, it could have been easily assumed a guarantee that he wanted to test free agency.
However, Schoop was adamant he wanted to stay in Detroit.
“I feel really good here. I feel really comfortable here. And I wanted to stay here. I’m really happy. This is one of the happiest days of my life” said the Tigers’ first baseman on Saturday.
We can assume two things as a result of this extension:
Number one, AJ Hinch has built a culture that is attractive to the players, regardless of the number of losses racked up.
Number two, the players don’t anticipate much losing going forward.
Schoop remaining in the lineup for Detroit will be enticing to other offensive free agents. A Carlos Correa or Corey Seager won’t have to shoulder as much of the load, the lineup becomes deeper and will take pressure off of rookies (fingers crossed) Spencer Torkelson or Riley Greene.
Paired with the comments from owner Chris Illitch, the Schoop signing in seems to be another indicator that the rebuild is at its conclusion, and playoff baseball will soon be returning to Comerica Park