Giants focused on catching depth, plan to add former A’s fan favorite

SCOTTSDALE–When pitchers and catchers report to the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale on Tuesday, popular clubhouse presence Nick Hundley won’t be joining them.

Hundley is moving across the bay to Oakland, but a former A’s catcher will have a chance to replace him in San Francisco. Two-time All-Star Stephen Vogt is expected to finalize a minor league deal with the Giants once he completes a physical on Tuesday.

The Associated Press first reported Vogt reached an agreement with the Giants.

Vogt had shoulder surgery last May and missed the entire 2018 season, but the Giants are hopeful he can provide versatility at a key position.

Though Hundley was open to a reunion with the Giants, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi expressed a desire to sign a catcher who can play multiple positions. Vogt has experience at first base and earned limited time as a corner outfielder earlier in his career.

Vogt is expected to compete for a roster spot with fellow minor league free agents Rene Rivera and Cameron Rupp as well as rookie Aramis Garcia. The Giants signed Rivera on Friday, and shortly after adding the veteran backstop, Zaidi announced the team was not finished pursuing catching depth.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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