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Report: Rays to acquire Eric Sogard from Blue Jays


The Rays are finalizing a trade to acquire infielder Eric Sogard from the Blue Jays, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Sunday. Neither team has publicly confirmed the deal, and it’s not yet known what the return will be for Sogard.

Sogard, 33, inked a minor league pact with Toronto last offseason and has performed well since then, batting .300/.363/.477 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI, and an .840 OPS through 323 plate appearances so far. He was a late scratch from the lineup prior to Sunday’s series finale between the Blue Jays and Rays.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays received multiple offers for the infielder before settling on terms with the Rays. It’s not clear what gave Tampa Bay the edge, but they’ll clearly benefit from the boost Sogard brings to their lineup as they look to gain an advantage in the wild card race later this season.

Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach

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The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.

Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).

The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.

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