Source: Stephen Vogt, Giants close on signing minor-league contract


Source: Stephen Vogt, Giants close on signing minor-league contract

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has turned to a familiar face in his quest to add catching depth.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt is close to signing a minor-league contract with the Giants, per sources.

The deal is pending a physical, which is no formality for the 34-year-old, who had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder last May. According to Janie McCauley of The Associated Press, Vogt feels good but is not yet throwing from the crouch.

Zaidi has been looking for a veteran catcher all offseason, but the Giants shied away from incumbent Nick Hundley, who signed with the A's on Monday morning. The Giants were seeking more competition for young backup option Aramis Garcia, and starter Buster Posey is coming off hip surgery.

"Buster is feeling great, but having some additional depth there is going to be important for us going into the season," Zaidi said Friday.

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Vogt, a left-handed batter who also can play first, was a two-time All-Star with the A's. He last played in the big leagues in 2017 with the Brewers. He had shoulder issues last spring and re-injured it while playing in a Double-A game in May.

MLB rumors: Manny Machado, Padres agree to $300 million contract


MLB rumors: Manny Machado, Padres agree to $300 million contract

Manny Machado has his new home. After spending 66 games with the Dodgers last season, he's reportedly staying in the NL West. 

Machado and the Padres have agreed to a record deal, according to multiple reports. And the bank is officially open in San Diego. 

The Padres are signing Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract, reports Mark Feinsand of It's the biggest free agent contract in the history of American sports. 

Though the deal is for 10 years, Machado can opt out after five, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. 

Machado, 26, hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI between the Orioles and Dodgers last season. He's four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner at third base, who can also play shortstop.

Jeff Passan of ESPN was first to report the news. 

More to come... 

Bruce Bochy recounts his favorite memories from tenure as Giants manager

Bruce Bochy recounts his favorite memories from tenure as Giants manager

"Even though I'm retiring, I'm looking forward to one more shot."

The Giants' world was rocked Monday, when Bruce Bochy announced that this coming season would be his last as manager for San Francisco. It had been on Bochy's mind for some time, and he thought it best to have everyone on the same page heading into what will be his final season in the dugout.

"It was important for me to tell them that, and really to get it out," Bochy told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez during an exclusive interview following his announcement. "So I could be honest with everybody and get it behind us and it wouldn't be a distraction for myself, Farhan (Zaidi), Larry (Baer), the team ... everybody. We can concentrate on baseball."

Suddenly, the 2019 season has taken on a whole new meaning for the Giants. Yes, a return to contention after the last two dismal years is certainly high on the list of goals. But now, each time they take the field, there's going to be an element of, 'Win one for the skipper' to it.

There are bound to be numerous pit stops along the way at which point Bochy will be honored for his vast contributions to the Giants franchise, including, of course, three World Series titles in a span of five years. Of the nine other former managers in MLB history to win at least three World Series titles, all of them are already in the Hall of Fame. Bochy will surely join them there.

[RELATED: Next stop, Cooperstown: Why Bochy is Baseball Hall lock]

But if it's up to Bochy, those in-season ceremonies will be kept to a minimum. "That's not what this is about," he told Gutierrez.

Whether or not he gets his wish remains to be seen. But no matter what, you can count on a whole lot of reminiscing over the next seven or eight months, depending on how successful Bochy's final season is.

Heck, it's already begun. In their conversation, Bochy was asked about his favorite memories as the Giants' skipper. One immediately came to mind, and for good reason.

"This one's probably pretty obvious, but when I handed the ball to my son coming out of the bullpen, that's a moment I'll never forget."

Outside of specific memories, a constant one that holds a special place in Bochy's heart is the endless support he's received from Giants fans over the last 12 seasons.

[RELATED: Giants' players determined to send Bochy out on high note]

"That was the one constant that I always had and the team always had over my tenure there," Bochy said, "is that they've always been there."

Bochy and the Giants plan to figure out a future role for him with the organization, so it's not as if he'll disappear from AT&...err....Oracle Park altogether. In fact, Bochy doesn't intend to go far at all.

"It's just amazing how well I've been treated up there," Bochy said of San Francisco, "and that's where I'm sure I'm going to end up making my home because that's home for me."