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    Tigers get head start on winter, extend Jonathan Schoop

    Cleveland —  Jonathan Schoop wanted to remain with the Tigers and he took an active role in making sure that happened.

    Just hours before game time Saturday, Schoop and the Tigers agreed on a two-year contract extension worth $15 million. He will be paid $7.5 million in 2022 and 2023, though he can opt out of the deal after 2022.

    “I told you guys before, I feel really good here, I feel welcomed here and I want to stay here,” said Schoop, who is in his age-29 season and has played on one-year deals the last four years. “I thank Al (Avlia, general manager) and AJ (Hinch, manager) for this chance. I’m really happy. This is one of the best days of my life.”

    Avila said the extension talks were in the works since well before trade deadline. Schoop had hired agent Scott Boras before this season. Boras typically likes to take his players to the open market.

    “It took a while talking back and forth for several weeks,” Avila said. “But I always felt we were going to get this done. Jonathan put his own efforts into making sure he stayed here. For us, we feel like he is a really important reason why we’re turning things around and winning some games.”

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