The Giants agree with the catcher. Stephen Vogt in a minor league contract, reports Janie McCauley of the Associated Press (through Twitter). She points out that she has not yet started to crouch after shoulder surgery last year. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area tweets that Vogt is expected to be in the Major League field, but Add that Vogt still has to take his physique.
While the timing is purely coincidental, it's a bit strange that the news of Vogt's landing in San Francisco comes shortly after the announcement of a minor league contract with the veteran backstop of the Athletics. Nick Hundley. Vogt was a very popular catcher at the bay with the Athletics a few years ago, while Hundley had become the favorite of the Giants fans from 2017 to 2017. The two will now adapt to opposite sides of the bay, both hoping to finally get on the list with their new organizations, although it is not completely clear exactly when Vogt could be ready for baseball activities for the time being.
Vogt, who turned 34 this offseason, did not play in 2018 due to the shoulder procedure mentioned above, one who feared at that time to be a career professional. It seems that is not the case of the affable veteran, which is a product known to the president of baseball operations of the Giants, Farhan Zaidi, dating back to the days of the couple in Oakland, where Zaidi was deputy general manager at some moment.
In 2013, Vogt was a discarded member of the Rays organization whom the A picked up in a minor, unannounced change that simply sent cash considerations to Tampa Bay. Vogt, however, reached .255 / .316 / .416 with 49 home runs in 1652 appearances on the plate for Athletics in parts of five seasons there. His peak seasons, 2015-16, saw him reach a combined average of .256 / .322 / .424 and win consecutive appearances in the All-Star Game. Along the way, Oakland fans embraced the receiver with open arms and did not hide that they "believed in Stephen Vogt."
The Giants are currently navigating in some uncertainty around their own veteran receiver, as Buster Posey is in the repair of the hip, leaving Aramis Garcia as the only completely healthy receiver in the list of 40 men. However, Vogt will have company in the Major League field, as the Giants have also added veterans previously. Rene Rivera Y Cameron rupp in the minor league contracts of his own winter.