Athletics, Eric Sogard agree on $1,075,000 contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Infielder Eric Sogard has reached a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, and left-hander Fernando Abad also agreed to a one-year deal Friday.

Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, asked for $1,425,000, while the A's offered $900,000.

Abad will earn $1,087,500. He had a 1.57 ERA over a career-high 69 appearances in his first full season in the majors last year with Oakland, when he made $525,900. Abad requested $1,225,000, and the A's proposed $850,000.

Sogard batted .223 with a home run and 22 RBIs in 117 games for the A's last season. Of his 92 starts - 80 at second base and 12 at shortstop - 88 were against right-handed pitchers. The 28-year-old lefty hitter batted .267 after the All-Star break for the A's, who lost the wild-card game at Kansas City.

Oakland has two remaining arbitration-eligible players in pitchers Tyler Clippard and Jarrod Parker.

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