Stephen Vogt agrees to minors deal with Giants


SAN FRANCISCO — Free-agent catcher Stephen Vogt is returning to the Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the Giants.

Vogt shared the news in a text message Monday, when he was en route to the club’s spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pitchers and catchers report Wednesday.

New Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Friday he was still seeking depth at catcher behind Buster Posey, who is recovering from right hip surgery that ended his season last August.

Vogt, 34, had surgery on his troublesome right shoulder last May and didn’t play for the Brewers last season after finishing the 2017 season in Milwaukee. He says he feels great now and is throwing, but throwing from the catcher’s crouch remains a hurdle he needs to clear.

A career .251 hitter with 57 homers and 218 RBIs through parts of six major league seasons, Vogt played for Oakland from 2013 through part of ’17.

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