ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks and free agent catcher Stephen Vogt have agreed on a one-year contract that includes a second-year vesting option. The deal is worth $3 million and the vesting option is for $4 million, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. [Update: Official.]
Vogt, 35, had a bounce-back year with the Giants after missing the entire 2018 season. He hit .263/.314/.490 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI across 280 plate appearances. It was his most productive year at the plate since an All-Star campaign with the Athletics in 2015.
The Diamondbacks will likely have Vogt split catching duties with Carson Kelly.
The free agent market for catchers continues to thin. Other free agent catchers who have signed within the last week include Yasmani Grandal, Mike Zunino, and Travis d'Arnaud.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.