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Cubs roster move: Infielder Eric Sogard signed to a minor-league deal

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He’s older, but still could be useful in an emergency.

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The Cubs have looked at Eric Sogard previously, but he’s always signed with other teams.

Until now:

Sogard hit just .209/.281/.278 (24-for-115) in the abbreviated 60-game season in 2020 for the Brewers, but he is just one year removed from a 2019 season where he hit .290/.353/.457 (115-for-396) with 13 home runs combined between the Blue Jays and Rays.

Sogard is a good defender who can play second base, shortstop and third base and over the course of his 10-year MLB career he’s been a useful spare part on four postseason teams.

As is the case for most minor-league signings, this one comes with zero risk. Sogard isn’t likely to make the Opening Day roster, and given the recent report that MLB teams might be running “alternate sites” as they did in 2020, Sogard could be a useful “break glass in case of emergency” infielder at that site.

Good signing, in my view.

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