A’s, Eric Sogard avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Utility infielder Eric Sogard and the A’s have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.075 million contract.

Sogard requested $1.425 million and the A’s countered at $900,000, so the two sides settled slightly below the midpoint.

Sogard has topped 300 plate appearances for the A’s in each of the past two seasons, but hit just .247 with three homers and a .633 OPS in 247 total games while playing mostly second base during that time. He’s pegged for a smaller role this year.