Dodgers: Three Non-Tendered Players That Could Fill Holes for LA
1. Jonathan Schoop (2B)
On the surface, Schoop matches exactly what the Dodgers want. A second baseman with a good glove and with legitimate power to all fields who has the durability to play every day, he is something the Dodgers have lacked over the last two seasons.
Schoop came into 2018 on the coattails of a major breakout in 2017, a year in which he popped 32 home runs and finished with a triple slash line of .293/.338/.503.
2018 did not go as well. Schoop had more than 100 less plate appearances than he had in his past two seasons, hitting for a lower average and striking out more as well, though he still managed to hit 21 home runs.
His struggles at the plate did not translate into his peripherals, however, as he still finished 2018 with a .184 ISO, a mark similar to his .187 ISO in 2016. His drop in overall offensive output can perhaps be explained by his lowest BABIP since he earned a starting job in Baltimore in 2015. This lower BABIP led to a depressed batting average. He shed 60 points of batting average from 2017 to 2018, lowering his value and his potential as a middle of the order bat.
In the field, Schoop is viable and experienced at second base, though he can also play shortstop and third base. At second last season, Schoop was worth 3 DRS, defensive runs saved, in 941.1 innings.
With a poor performance will come a lower price, even though Schoop is just 27 years old. He is arbitration eligible for 2019, though he could be extended by the Dodgers long term if he proves himself to be better than his outlier 2018 showed.