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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Though it’s unclear if Vogt will be healthy in time for the regular season, the Giants are concerned with finding quality depth behind Buster Posey, who is also recovering from surgery. Posey underwent an operation to repair a microfracture in his right hip last August and said he anticipates being ready for Opening Day.

Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy said they plan to be overly cautious with Posey this spring as the Giants are focused on ensuring he’s prepared for the rigors of a long season.

The addition of Vogt may not preclude San Francisco from adding another catcher to the mix, particularly if Posey or Vogt endure any setbacks this spring.

Vogt debuted with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 but played for the A’s from 2013-2017. Of all the catchers expected to participate in Giants’ camp, Vogt is the only left-handed hitter among them.

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