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.
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.