The Brewers announced on Thursday that the club agreed to a one-year contract with utilityman Eric Sogard. The deal is worth $2.4 million and Sogard can earn an additional $650,000 in incentives, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. He would have been eligible for free agency after the conclusion of the World Series.
Sogard, 31, missed the entire 2016 season with a knee injury and had to settle for a minor league deal with the Brewers last December. In 249 plate appearances spanning 94 games, Sogard hit .273/.393/.378. He logged most of his time at second base, but also played shortstop, third base, and left field.
In the Brewers’ press release, GM David Stearns said, “Eric brings to the team a veteran presence who possesses the ability to play multiple positions and reach base at a high rate. We are pleased to welcome Eric and his family back to Milwaukee for the 2018 season.”
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.