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Giants sign Stephen Vogt

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The A’s signed a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the Giants. Now the Giants sign a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the A’s. Time is a flat circle or something.

The catcher in question here is Stephen Vogt, who now has a minor league deal with the Giants, pending a physical. In his case the physical is more than a formality, though, as he’s coming off of a shoulder injury that resulted in surgery and has yet to throw from the crouch, which is rather important. Vogt missed all of last season due to the injury. He hit .233/.285/.423 over 303 plate appearances between the Athletics and Brewers in 2017.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.