NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore infielder Jonathan Schoop strolled into the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, unsure whether he should suit up or stay in his street clothes.
As it turned out, there was no longer a need for the Curacao native to put on his Orioles uniform.
Schoop joined the exodus from the Orioles along with pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, part of a payroll purge by an underperforming team that has cut nearly $29 million in payroll obligations for this year and next while acquiring 14 prospects, one major leaguer and $2.75 million in international signing bonus allotment in exchange for six veterans.
Signed by Baltimore at just 16 years old, Schoop played parts of six seasons with the club and was an All-Star last year, when he hit .293 with a career-high 32 home runs and 105 RBIs. He had regressed a bit this…