Twins sign infielders Jonathan Schoop, Ronald Torreyes
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins appear to have replaced second baseman Brian Dozier.
According to reports by The Athletic and ESPN, the Twins and former Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop have agreed to one-year contract worth $7.5 million plus incentives.
Schoop, 27, was an all-star in 2017, when he hit .293 with 32 home runs and 105 runs batted in in Baltimore. But he slumped last season and was traded to Milwaukee. Between the two clubs, he hit .233 with 21 homers and 61 RBIs.
The Twins traded Dozier, 31, to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline. He had been the team’s starting second baseman the past five years, averaging 30 homers and 82 RBIs in that span. He was an all-star in 2015 and won a Gold Glove in 2017.
The Twins also signed infielder Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contact.
Torreyes, 26, played 41 games with the New York Yankees last season, hitting .280 with seven extra-base hits and nine runs in 41 games at first, third and shortstop. He has played parts of four seasons in the majors with the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .281 with 30 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 56 RBIs in 229 games.
The Twins’ 40-man roster is now at 39. Baseball’s winter meetings begin Monday in Las Vegas.