Giants: Four middle infield targets post-Winter Meetings
2B/SS/3B Eric Sogard
After hitting a hot streak in July, the Giants found themselves on the periphery of contention. That led them to check in on former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Eric Sogard.
Instead, he wound up with the Tampa Bay Rays at the deadline.
Sogard rebounded nicely in 2019 after posting a .408 OPS in 2018 that ultimately led to him being released by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Last season, Sogard recorded a .290/.353/.457 line in 442 plate appearances. In the field, he made appearances at second base, third base, shortstop, left field, and right field.
He has the type of versatility and offensive profile that should make him a hot commodity on the free-agent market. However, there have been very few rumors tying him to any one team so far. Age could certainly be a factor as he will be entering his age-34 season in 2020.
Similarly, there are a lot of variability in his performance. He could be a solid producer like he was in 2019, or he could be a fringe player like he was for much of his career with the Oakland Athletics.
Still, the Giants need middle infield depth and a left-handed bat, and Sogard checks off both of those boxes. As more middle infielders get signed, Sogard’s market should start to materialize.
The San Francisco Giants have stated their desire to their bolster middle infield depth. Signing any one of Miller, Shaw, Sanchez, or Sogard would help in achieving that end.