Another day, another trade in Major League Baseball as we count down the hours until the trade deadline on July 31. The latest move reportedly came Sunday, and sends second basemen Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays from the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Infielder Eric Sogard has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, league sources tell ESPN. Multiple teams were on him but Toronto ultimately settled on a deal with Tampa Bay.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2019
Sogard had been rumored to be a potential trade target for the San Francisco Giants, as the team has reportedly been looking to upgrade at several positions including second base recently after being thought of as sure-fire sellers when the July 31 deadline came up.
Joe Panik has struggled recently as the team's primary starter at second, as he's hit just .232 in 2019 and owns a -0.4 WAR.
Sogard has seen the ball well in his ninth major league season, hitting .300 in 287 at-bats with 10 home runs and 30 RBI. Toronto was reportedly in talks with multiple teams over the past week regarding Sogard, eventually deciding to pull the trigger Sunday morning on the deal with Tampa.
#BlueJays spoke with #Cubs and #SFGiants about Eric Sogard before accepting #Rays offer. Toronto still expected to make at least one or two more trades between now and Wednesday. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2019
Brandon Lowe, who has been Tampa Bay's primary starter at second base this season, is currently on the 10-day injured list with a bone bruise in his right shin suffered in early July.
Look for a lot more transactional activity across baseball over the next few weeks, as the trade deadline creeps closer.