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Jonathan Schoop agrees to two-year extension with Tigers

Aug 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop (7) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop (7) hits a single in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers infielder Jonathan Schoop agreed to a two-year extension on Saturday.

The Tigers didn’t divulge terms of the deal but multiple reports put it at $15 million. Schoop is slated to make $7.5 million in both seasons, but he can opt out after the 2022 season.

The 29-year-old Schoop entered Saturday with a .289 average to go with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 107 games. He is in his second year with the Tigers and has primarily played first base this season as well as his long-time position of second base.

“Over the last few years I’ve never been afraid to say that I hope to stay in Detroit, so this is a really exciting day for me,” Schoop said in a news release. “I really want to thank (manager) A.J. Hinch, (hitting coach) Scott Coolbaugh and everyone with the Tigers for believing in me and allowing me to be a part of this clubhouse that’s grown so much since the start of 2020.

“On the field, I couldn’t be happier to play with this group of guys and for this coaching staff. At the end of the day there was no place I’d rather be than Detroit, and I’m really excited we were able to get a deal done to make that happen.”

Schoop first reached the majors with the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2017 when he registered career highs of 32 homers and 105 RBIs.

He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 season and spent the following season with the Minnesota Twins before joining the Tigers as a free agent. He has 159 homers, 479 RBIs and a .262 batting average in 953 games.

“Jonathan has been a constant professional since joining our clubhouse, and is the exact type of player we want to wear the Olde English ‘D’,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said. “His production on the field matches the value of his leadership with all of our players, and we’re looking forward to that contribution continuing for the next few seasons.

“This is a big step towards bringing winning baseball back for our fans, and we know Jonathan will be a big part of that.”

–Field Level Media