Well there will still be #NerdPower at O.Co Coliseum in 2015. The Oakland Athletics have avoided arbitration with second baseman and last year’s MLB Network #FaceOfMLB runner up (actually winner – that last surge of votes for David Wright out of Asia was an obvious fix by MLB & MLB Network … just saying!) second baseman Eric Sogard.
Sogard who is likely to be used sparingly as a utility infielder, since the trade for #Zorilla aka Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays as well as the acquisition of shortstop Marcus Semien in the trade with the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and the A’s agreed on a one-year, $1.075 million contract on Friday.
Sogard originally requested $1.425 million and the A’s offered $900,000. The two sides were able to settle on a fair number that is slightly below the midpoint.
Sogard, 28, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2007 amatuer draft. He made his big league debut with Oakland in September 2010.
In five seasons with the Athletics, Sogard has a career slashline of .235/.296/.317 with a .613 OPS.
He played in a limited number of games during his first three seasons in Oakland but in 2013 played in 130 games and batted a career-high .266 with 10 home runs, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
In 2014 the infielder played in 117 games but batted just .223. He hit 11 homers last season, drove in 22 runs and stole 11 bases.
A fan favorite in Oakland, known for his signature #NerdPower glasses, I know A’s fans will be happy to have Eric, his wife Kaycee and daughter Saydee back as part of the Athletics family (because they are simply AmAzing people!)
Go #NerdPower!! 🙂
*And don’t forget to vote this year for A’s closer #Sean Doolittle in MLB Network’s #FaceOfMLB 2015 competition!!