Originally posted by socalfan21:
I don't want to be a downer because I know Sogard is a fan favorite but why is this guy still on the team? He doesn't really do anything special on the field and he's a below average hitter.
Uh, this is the team that released Sam Fuld so they, in effect, could STILL keep Daric Barton. Yeah, I know Fuld is a career .230-something hitter, but dude had a very good spring and was an obvious spark at the plate and in the field as this season started. And then you have Barton, the supposed defensive wizard who's been barely ordinary with the glove and his usual s***ty with the stick. From the way I've heard Melvin talk about Fuld, I believe this is 100% Billy Beane's crush on Barton keeping him in the big leagues, same as it's been since his ONE mediocre season in 2010.
As for Sogard, pretty good defense but brings almost nothing to the plate...don't think Punto is an everyday player at this point of his career, they ran Weeks out of town, and don't know if there's anyone in the farm system ready to challenge for the job. Sogard by default.