The 33-year-old Sogard, who is having a career season, batting .300 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 73 games. He began the year with 11 career homers in 584 games over eight seasons with Oakland and Milwaukee.
“He’s a good hitter, I think he’s going to help us a lot,” Rays shortstop Willy Adames said. “He’s hitting .300, he gets on base a lot. We need that, we need people on base. He’s fast, too, he can steal some bases. I think that’s a good move for us.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sogard will be used primarily at second base, but will likely move around. The Rays place a high value on defensive versatility and Sogard provides that. He can play second, third, shortstop and both corner outfield positions.
“I think he fits our team really well,” Cash said. “He’s another guy that you can kind of plug in different spots. You’re going to get really, really good defense throughout the infield.”
Sogard went to the playoffs with Oakland in 2013 and 2014, appearing in five October games. Cash said he was pleased to add a player with postseason experience.
“We’ll take it because we’ve got a lot of guys in here that have not and I think that will do us some good,” Cash said.
Sogard did not leave Toronto with the Rays, who have an off day in Boston on Monday.
“I’m going to fly out tomorrow,” he said.
To clear a roster spot for Sogard, the Rays traded right-hander Hunter Wood and minor league infielder Christian Arroyo to Cleveland. Tampa Bay received minor league outfielder Ruben Cardenas and international slot money.
Also Sunday, the Rays traded right-hander Ian Gibaut to Texas for a player to be named or cash. The 25-year-old Gibaut made his major league debut on July 12, giving up two runs in two innings in his only game for Tampa Bay.
Gibaut was designated for assignment by the Rays on July 23. He was optioned to Triple-A by Texas and lefty Jesse Biddle was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list with shoulder fatigue.
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