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A's most underrated? Sogard



The A's and Angels just started the final game of their 4-game set a little while ago at the O.Co.


But I would just like to say a few words about what may have an impact on any moves the team i.e. Billy Beane may make at the trade deadline coming up on Wednesday.


A lot of talk has centered around the middle infield and in particular upgrading at second base.

I'm saying Eric Sogard, who plays three-quarters of the time there as a lefty hitting against right-handed starters, is probably the most undervalued player on the roster.


Sogard is very much a plus defender at second base, check out the two plays he made in the eighth inning Saturday against the Angels. He also has more than held his on at the plate helped by the way manager Bob Melvin is using him.


If you don't believe me, go to baseballreference.com and check out the WAR (Wins Above Replacement) ratings for American League position players.


In overall WAR, Sogard with his play through 104 games this season, ranks third among A's at No. 46 overall in the league behind only 3B Josh Donaldson (No. 9 overall) and CF Coco Crisp (No. 44).


Sogard has a ranking of 2.0 wins over the average league replacement-level player while Donaldson is in the top 10 with a ranking of 4.1 wins above replacement while Crisp is at 2.1.


Helping Sogard's ranking is his defense, just as it hurts shortstop Jed Lowrie. Check out dWAR, the defensive WAR ratings, while you're at it. Sogard with a 1.1 ranks No. 15 overall in the AL among position players and is one of the top three or four-ranked second basemen.


Bottom line, Billy Beane would be very unlikely to find an upgrade to Sogard on the trade market. There's a better chance he can find more help in the pitching ranks, although the A's are already very strong in that department.




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