An Eric Sogard Trade Is Reportedly "Imminent" (UPDATE: Rays Get Him)

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An Eric Sogard Trade Is Reportedly “Imminent” (UPDATE: Rays Get Him)

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(See updates below: If a trade is, in fact, going down, the latest suggests it is not going to be the Cubs). 

Eric Sogard’s name has popped up in connection to the Cubs a lot this rumor season, and for good reason: as a relatively low-cost addition to the bench, he makes plenty of sense (he makes decidedly less sense as the impact bat the Cubs need, but that’s a story for another time). So when I see news like this – at this time of the year – my ears certainly perk up.

Check it out:

Obviously, there are a number of teams that could be interested in Sogard, so this doesn’t have to be Cubs-related (note: Addison Russell was scratched from the I-Cubs lineup today, but we’re told it’s probably not connected to a trade), but given the recent rumors I’m certainly on high-alert.

UPDATE I: Sahadev Sharma reiterated that the Russell scratch is not trade related. LOL and now Bob Nightengale gives us the unexpectedly funny reason:

UPDATE II: Morosi says that one of Sogard’s other suitors, the Braves, are not involved:

Perhaps things are happening. I’d stay tuned.

UPDATE III: Well, this is a big update, because it eliminates the Cubs from the story, if it’s accurate (I see no reason to not trust Feinsand on this):

UPDATE IV: The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly acquired Eric Sogard

This still has Cubs implications though.

Given how clearly involved the Cubs were in acquiring Sogard this month, his removal from the market could push them to act quickly on another player. It could also push the acquisition cost of another player higher, as another option was removed from the market.

I’ll remind you that Nicholas Castellanos has been an oft-rumored Cubs target, but there are several other bats that could pop up on their radar.

The broader question remains: How aggressive should the Cubs really be given this last, frustrating chunk of losses?

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