Detroit Tigers Release 11-Year Former All-Star Infielder

In a recent development, the Detroit Tigers have made the decision to release infielder Jonathan Schoop.

This move comes after Schoop's underwhelming performance on the field, as he struggled to meet expectations over the past couple of seasons.

Despite signing a two-year contract extension worth $15 million back in August 2021, Schoop's offensive numbers took a significant dip.

During the 2022 campaign and beyond, he struggled at the plate, hitting just .204 with an on-base percentage of .248 and a slugging percentage of .311.

In 186 games and 661 plate appearances, Schoop managed to hit 11 home runs, drive in 45 runs, and steal five bases.

Following his disappointing performance, the Tigers designated Schoop for assignment on Friday, and after going unclaimed on waivers, the team officially released him on Wednesday.

It became clear that Schoop's $7.5 million salary did not align with his on-field production, making a trade unlikely. Now that he has cleared release waivers, Schoop will become a free agent.

Despite his recent struggles, Schoop's previous accolades as an All-Star and Gold Glove-caliber second baseman could generate some interest in the market.

However, it is likely that he will initially be limited to minor league opportunities. Any team that signs him for the remainder of the season will only have to pay him the prorated league minimum salary, as the Tigers will cover the rest of his contract. Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports