Chicago Cubs ship Eric Sogard out of town, recall Matt Duffy to replace him

The Chicago Cubs fire sale continues as the club DFA’d utilityman Eric Sogard and calling up Matt Duffy to replace him on the roster. 

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Chicago Cubs continue to make moves that imply the white flag is being waved.

Joc Pederson was traded to the Atlanta Braves, for a return that didn’t tickle the scouts in Chicago, and now another 25-man roster player has been shipped out of town.

On Friday the Cubs announced that Eric Sogard had been designated for assignment, and Matt Duffy was being called up to replace him in the lineup.

Sogard hadn’t been a spectacular success with the Cubs, but he managed to contribute at times while in the lineup. The Cubs are looking like sellers at the trade deadline and Sogard showed merely flashes of being an important piece of the lineup, as stripping away a few clutch hits here and there reveal nothing more than a slightly above-average hitter with a terrible on-base percentage.

Combine that with the fact that Matt Duffy is the player replacing him in the lineup. Duffy has spent much of this season on the IL, but when healthy has been one of the few bright spots for the Cubs this year.

A nail in the coffin of any debate to whether Sogard was worthy of a spot in the lineup is summed up by what was most notable about his stint in Chicago. It wasn’t his contributions on the field so much as it was his wife’s foam-mouthed rant against COVID protocols while spreading information that had already at the time been proven to be false.

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