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Maybe Jon Schoop?


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I was just looking on MLBTR and saw that he's projected to get 10 million in arbitration this winter and that the Brewers still haven't decided whether or not they'll tender him a contract given his performance last year. While he's mostly a 2B, he does have experience at both 3B and SS in his career. If the Angels had any sort of confidence in him playing 1B, he could make for an interesting outside of the box acquisition.

It was only a year ago that Schoop was a 25 year old coming off a season where he hit .290 with 35 DB and 32 HR. 

Last year he had some poor luck on batted balls which was a big problem for Schoop because of his free swinging approach. When you lack plate discipline and you experience bad luck when hitting the ball, it doesn't leave you much to fall back on. But I wouldn't count on that poor RBBIP to continue. 

Theoretically, Schoop could be someone that plays 1B when Pujols isn't (assuming he can learn the position), and also handles duties at 2B, 3B and SS next year while providing a big power boost to this lineup. It also doesn't hurt that he's close with Andrelton Simmons, trains with him in the offseason and they were teammates on Team Neatherlands in the WBC. The price tag isn't ideal but he may not cost much in terms of prospects, or Milwaukee could eat some of the cash for a better prospect. Or if the Brewers non-tender him, he could be an interesting target. 

I know, not the cleanest fit, but definitely more upside than most utility options. 

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