The Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday traded second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers, who added another option to a crowded infield as they make a push for the playoffs.
In return, Baltimore acquired veteran second baseman Jonathan Villar, as well as right-hander Luis Ortiz and shortstop Jean Carmona, both minor leaguers.
Schoop, 26, was hitting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Orioles this season.
An All-Star in 2017, Schoop missed some of the first half of this season with an oblique strain, but he’s heated up since the All-Star break. His nine home runs in July are tied for the second-most in the majors behind Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals (10) entering Tuesday.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal
The trade is the second the Brewers have made for an infielder in recent days, following Friday’s deal for Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals.The plan then was for left-handed-hitting third baseman Travis Shaw to shift to second base. The 26-year-old Schoop now gives Milwaukee a right-handed option at second.
The Brewers have also played Hernan Perez at second of late. The upside of having so many infielders is having another quality bat available on the bench.
“Really, what it comes down to for us is we think we’re getting better and we think we’re adding to our overall depth,” general manager David Stearns said.
In Schoop, Stearns acquired a young player still under contract for 2019. He has a guaranteed $9 million salary for next year.
“We talk about control and in this case it certainly played into the valuation of the player,” Stearns said.nfl nike jerseys cheap china
Milwaukee (62-47) entered Tuesday’s action one game behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. It also traded for reliever Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox last week.
But the Brewers did not add a starter, which was an area of concern following injuries to Brent Suter (elbow) and Zach Davies (shoulder). Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) remains sidelined after getting hurt late last season.
Stearns said the team could still look to deal in August, though he voiced confidence in a rotation currently headlined by Jhoulys Chacin (10-3, 3.45 ERA).
“I think we’ve probably had a little bit more confidence in our group throughout this year than perhaps there’s been externally and that’s fine,” Stearns said. “Certainly we were open and active to add to that group, but at this point we were unable to do so.”
Signed by Baltimore at just 16 years old, Schoop played parts of six seasons with the club and was an All-Star last year, when he hit .293 with a career-high 32 home runs and 105 RBIs.