Eric Sogard is just taking away opportunities from Nico Hoerner at this point
Even if he just went on the Injured List, we have to believe Eric Sogard‘s time on the North Side is coming to an end here soon. The veteran infielder out of Arizona State only signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs this season. While he has been on the big-league roster throughout, he has prevented Nico Hoerner from getting a ton of playing time for the Cubs at second base this year.
While his .250 batting average for 2021 is slightly above his career average of .247, the problem is his on-base percentage is not acceptable. He is below his career average of .314 at a sub-par .287. Factor in him providing no power whatsoever, and you have to wonder if he is going to last with the Cubs throughout this season, especially if they blow it up and start playing younger players.
Since he did sign a Minor League contract with the Cubs, all three options associated with being designated for assignment are in play here. He could go to Triple-A just as easily as he could be outright released. As far as being traded, Sogard has played in the postseason a good bit, so if a team is in dire need of middle infield depth, the Cubs could trade him for some low-end prospect.
A youth movement on the North Side would signify Sogard’s time with the Cubs is ending soon.