The Brewers declined Sogard's $4.5 million club option for 2021 on Friday.
The veteran infielder began the season in a regular role but fell out of favor and finished with a .209/.281/.278 slash line in 43 games, so it's no surprise to see Milwaukee electing to pay the $500,000 buyout. Sogard had an .810 OPS during 2019 but like previous years he was unable to string together productive offensive seasons.
Sogard isn't starting Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Sogard went 0-for-3 with one walk in Wednesday's Game 1, but he'll take a seat Thursday against southpaw Clayton Kershaw. Sogard should be available off the bench as the Brewers attempt to force a decisive Game 3, but Luis Urias will draw the start at third base in the second game of the series.
Sogard went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Reds.
After having not started in any of the Brewers' past nine games, Sogard was a surprising choice to enter the lineup Tuesday in a crucial contest that carried important playoff implications for both teams. Despite the lack of recent work, Sogard was able to come up clutch, delivering two of the Brewers' four extra-base hits on the night. With fellow infielders Keston Hiura and Luis Urias both struggling at the dish, Sogard could earn some more starts down the stretch as manager Craig Counsell looks to put his best lineup out there.
Sogard is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.
The lefty-hitting Sogard will unsurprisingly take a seat with southpaw Kwang Hyun Kim twirling for the Cardinals in Game 1, but the infielder's playing time against right-handed pitching has been trending down as well. Before entering the lineup for Sunday's 12-0 loss to the Cubs, Sogard hadn't started in any of the Brewers' previous seven games. Luis Urias has clearly supplanted Sogard as the team's everyday third baseman at this point.
Sogard is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Sogard delivered a walkoff two-run homer Saturday, but he'll take a seat Sunday with lefty Steven Brault starting for the Pirates. Luis Urias shifts to third base and Keston Hiura starts at second with Ryan Braun serving as the designated hitter.
Sogard went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a victory over the Pirates on Saturday.
Sogard stepped up to the plate against Richard Rodriguez with a runner aboard in the bottom of the ninth and ended the game with a long ball to right field. The walkoff was a rare highlight in a down season for the 34-year-old, who is slashing a paltry .179/.289/.244 through 90 plate appearances.
Sogard is not in the lineup Sunday at Pittsburgh.
The 34-year-old sat against lefty Derek Holland on Saturday, and he remains out of the lineup Sunday despite righty JT Brubaker taking the mound. Sogard is 5-for-35 over his past 10 games. Luis Urias will start at the hot corner Sunday for the Brewers.
Sogard isn't starting Saturday against the Pirates.
Sogard went 1-for-7 over the past two games, but he'll retreat to the bench Saturday with lefty Derek Holland starting for Pittsburgh. Luis Urias will start at third base in his absence.
Sogard is not starting Wednesday against the Twins.
Sogard will take a seat on the bench with left-hander Rich Hill starting for the Twins. Jedd Gyorko is starting at the hot corner in his place.
Sogard is not in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs.
He will head to the bench with southpaw Jon Lester on the hill for Chicago. Luis Urias will start at third base and bat eighth.
Sogard will be on the bench Tuesday against the Twins.
Sogard sits after starting three straight games. It wouldn't be a big surprise to see his playing time dip with the return of Luis Urias, who starts at third base in this one.
Sogard isn't in the lineup Friday against the Reds.
Even with right-hander Trevor Bauer on the mound for the Reds, Sogard will play a bench role in the series opener Friday. Brock Holt will step in at third base, leading off.
Sogard isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
Sogard will play a bench role for the second consecutive game with southpaw Derek Holland on the mound for the Pirates. Jedd Gyorko is once again starting at third base, batting fifth.
Sogard isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.
Sogard went 1-for-10 with one RBI, one run and two walks over the team's three-game series against the Cubs, and he'll get a day off with a lefty (Steven Brault) serving as the Pirates' starter. Jedd Gyorko will start at third base Monday, batting fifth.
Sogard has gone 5-for-20 (.250) with two doubles and a 3:1 BB:K over eight games this spring.
Sogard did not hit much before the exhibition season was suspended, but he still managed to post a .348 OBP. He is set to open the season in a platoon at third base with Jedd Gyorko, so he will not be in the lineup every day. However, thanks to his on-base skills (.352 OBP over the last three seasons) he could head the batting order -- something he did regularly both this spring and last season -- when he starts.
Sogard appears to be destined for a platoon with Jedd Gyorko at third base this season, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
As a left-handed hitter, Sogard would see the majority of starts at the position. He could also see time in the middle infield or corner outfield spots if the Brewers want to get both Sogard and Gyorko into the lineup. If both players fail to impress, Ryon Healy or Brock Holt could enter the conversation at the hot corner.
Sogard signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Brewers which includes a club option for a second season Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The 33-year-old returns to the club where he spent the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. Sogard's two best seasons have come in 2017 and 2019, where he hit .273/.393/.378 and .290/.353/.457, respectively. It's hard to be fully confident in him heading into 2020, however, as those seasons bookended a 2018 season in which he hit just .134/.241/.165 in limited action. Keston Hiura appears to have the everyday job at Sogard's primary position (second base) locked up, but the veteran should be able to play fairly frequently in a utility role, as he can play all around the infield as well as both corner outfield spots.
Sogard is in the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Thursday.
The 33-year-old makes his first appearance in the starting lineup this postseason after recording one RBI and one run as a pinch hitter in Game 1 of the ALDS. Sogard will bat fifth against Gerrit Cole.
Sogard (foot) is on the Rays' ALDS roster.
Sogard doesn't have a hit since Sept. 2 after struggling with a bruised foot for most of the month. He didn't make the wild-card squad but is apparently good to go now, beating out Nate Lowe, Jesus Aguilar, Daniel Robertson and Mike Brosseau for a roster spot.
Sogard (foot) is making progress in his rehab and could be on the roster if the Rays advance to the American League Division Series, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Manager Kevin Cash provided an encouraging update on Sogard's recovery on Wednesday after the 33-year-old was kept off the wild-card roster. The second baseman has been sidelined since mid-September with a foot bruise, but Cash's update signals that Sogard could be ready to return soon if the Rays advance to the ALDS.
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|2011||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||79||315||55||94||16||2||5||37||40||34||13||3||.298||.381||.409|
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|2017||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||24||91||30||30||8||0||3||17||15||12||5||0||.330||.421||.516|
|2017||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||2||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||0||.000||.286||.000|