July 30, 2021

Tigers reach deals with ex-Twins Jonathan Schoop, C.J. Cron (ESPN)


The Detroit Tigers needed power, so they’re bringing in two free agents — infielders Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron — who played for a Minnesota Twins team that set a major league record for home runs last season.

Both one-year deals were for $6.1 million, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Saturday.

Schoop, a second baseman, and Cron, a first baseman, both were key components of a power-hitting Twins lineup that won their first AL Central crown since 2010 and broke MLB’s single-season record with 307 home runs last season.

The Tigers finished with the worst record in the majors last season at 47-114 and were 53.5 games behind the Twins in the division.

Schoop, 28, batted .256 with 23 homers, 59 RBIs and a .777 OPS in 121 games during his only season with Minnesota, while making $7.5 million. It was his fourth consecutive season with more than 20 home runs.

The 29-year-old Cron, who was brought in as a replacement at first base for the retired Joe Mauer, had a career-high 78…

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