SAN FRANCISCO — One of the most popular players in the Giants clubhouse this year will spend his next season battling against his former team.
Catcher Stephen Vogt reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2021 with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The deal was first reported by ESPN.
The D’backs did not make terms of the deal publicly available, but multiple reports indicate Vogt will receive around $3 million in 2020.
Vogt is one of a handful of catchers including Yasmani Grandal and Travis d’Arnaud who have already found new homes this offseason as free agents at the position have been in high demand thus far. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi indicated the club had interest in re-signing Vogt, but the front office will have to pivot to a different option.
After missing the first month of the season while recovering from a 2018 shoulder surgery, Vogt joined the Giants in May and became a valuable asset as Buster Posey’s backup. Posey was limited to 101 starts in his first season following hip surgery, so Vogt essentially served as his platoon partner as he appeared in 56 games behind the plate.
Vogt hit .263 with an .804 OPS in 255 at-bats for the Giants and made cameos at first base and left field in his only season with the club. The 35-year-old catcher is a fan favorite on both sides of the bay as Vogt was a two-time All-Star with the Oakland A’s earlier in his career.
With Posey and Aramis Garcia, the Giants currently have two catchers on their 40-man roster. The club is expected to sign at least one player with major league experience this offseason, but with top prospect Joey Bart rapidly ascending in the organization’s farm system, it’s unlikely the club will make a multi-year commitment to any free agent catchers this winter.
Vogt is the second player to depart the Giants in free agency this offseason as former closer Will Smith signed a three-year, $40 million deal with the Atlanta Braves last week.