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Eric Sogard traded to Tampa Bay Rays for two PTBNL

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When Eric Sogard was scratched 10 minutes prior to the start of the game today, the #HugWatch officially began. In the bottom of the second inning while the Jays were scoring their first runs of the game, it had been announced that Sogard has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sogard was signed to a Minor League deal with the Blue Jays in December of last year, and lost the opening day roster competition to Richard Urena out of Spring Training. He was called up when Lourdes Gurriel Jr was demoted with the yips.

Tapping into his #nerdpower, Sogard has been having a career year with the Blue Jays. He is currently batting .300./363./477 (good for an .840 OPS) with 10 homers and 30 RBIs. He has made starts all over the diamond at second, third, short, in right field and as the designated hitter.

Sogard was asked on Friday how he would feel about being traded, and he had this to say:

This post will be updated when the returning player(s) have been announced.

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EDIT 2:
The deal is now official.

EDIT 3:
The Jays apparently have some time to pick two of four pitchers from the Rays lower levels: