Well the team needs to settle on one position for Schoop for starters. Is he a SS or a 2B? A few days ago I researched it. All but like 5 games were at SS. If that's his role his talent at the plate plays up. Especially from a power potential stand point. He looks like a 20-25HR a year type player with 150 MLB games. But we can not count on him being ready by April next season. Yes, he's coming around at the plate in AAA but that slow start was worrisome.
He needs a position that is his to master. It does not matter whether it's SS or 2B his overall value plays up nicely at either spot. Why waist development time on something that ultimately may not be his role?
Ofahn, I have to kind of call you out on the Brian Roberts in his prime comparison. Brian Roberts in his prime (2005-2009) was a fantastic lead off hitter that you could almost count on a batting line .285+/.370/.450 he hit 40 or more doubles and scored 85 or more runs each year in his prime. I'm sure your thinking overall value but Schoop is a completely different type. My guess is if he really is as talented as we hope he bats anywhere from 3-7 in the lineup. In just about anyone's eyes that is a pretty good 2b or SS.
My guess is he's a 2B and that is just fine by me!
Machado: Can he at least be an slightly above average SS in the field? It's no sure thing. Haphazard play in that spot is almost always a disaster. If the team knows he can do it and be solid then it needs to be done. If he's a cornerstone piece to a team it's at SS. He might make a decent 3B but SS is where the big money is. It is also where real value is to be had. If not, he's an average to slightly above average 3B.
JJ Hardy: Hardy still has pretty good value. He's likely not the star he once was however, he's still an outstanding SS capable of offensive burst that will impress. Nick Castellanos is a fine prospect. However, I suspect Detroit would expect more than Hardy for him. How much more? I'm not sure but my guess is a Zachary Davies and Parker Bridwell
might do it. Is Castellanos enough of a return for that much? I'm on the fence.
Kolten Wong in my eyes is a cornerstone piece easily! To get a player of that caliber you will have to move a great deal more than Hardy and two minor league arms. Others will argue that, but you won't find any taker in reality.