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Brewers sign Eric Sogard to one-year deal


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.”

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.