Brewers sign infielder Eric Sogard to 1-year contract

Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Sogard celebrates his two-run home run with teammates during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, May 12, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have signed infielder Eric Sogard to a one-year contract. He was eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.

General manager David Stearns said Thursday that Sogard provides a "veteran presence" and is someone who can play several positions and get on base often.

The 31-year-old batted .273 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 94 games during his first season with Milwaukee in 2017. He missed all of 2016 with a left knee injury.

Sogard made 60 starts at four positions -- second base, shortstop, third base and left field. He previously spent six seasons with the Oakland Athletics, from 2010-15.

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