Brewers, Eric Sogard agree to one-year, $4.5 million deal

Eric Sogard
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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that the Brewers and infielder Eric Sogard agreed on a one-year, $4.5 million contract that includes a club option for 2021.

Sogard, 33, is coming off of a career year in which he hit .290/.353/.457 with 23 doubles, 13 home runs, 40 RBI, 59 runs scored, and eight stolen bases across 442 plate appearances with the Blue Jays and Rays. He mostly played second base but also contributed at third base and shortstop, and even played in the corner outfield a bit.

Sogard spent 2017-18 with the Brewers. His ’17 campaign was solid, posting 1.9 bWAR with a .770 OPS over 299 PA. In ’18, however, he mustered a .406 OPS over 55 games as he dealt with injuries.

The Brewers will certainly value Sogard’s versatility. It seems likely he will get most of his playing time on the left side of the infield with Ryan Braun and Keston Hiura on the other side staking claims to full-time roles on the right side.