Sogard has been regarded as a key component that was expected to be dealt before Wednesday's 4:00 P.M. EST. Trade Deadline. The 33-year-old signed a minor league deal to join the Blue Jays last winter, but has quickly become a consistent force in their major league lineup. In his first and only season north of the border, he has hit .300, this after making a bit of name for himself with the Milwaukee Brewers as a utility man a season ago.
The glasses-wearing outfielder began his career with the Oakland Athletics, spending six seasons with them, as well as two with the Brew-Crew. He is in the middle of his best season, smacking 10 home runs and driving in 30 runs for the young, rebuilding Blue Jays. Before this season, he had not hit over .260 and three home runs in a single season. In another minor trade, the Rays dealt Hunter Wood and Christian Arroyo to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder Ruben Cardenas.