The Atlanta Braves added veteran catcher Stephen Vogt in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Vogt, 36, is a two-time All-Star and will be a free agent after the season. The Braves will pick up the remainder of his $3.5 million salary for 2021.
In return, the Diamondbacks receive first base prospect Mason Berne.
Vogt is batting .212 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 52 games this season, his second with the Diamondbacks.
His career seemed in jeopardy after he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in 2018 while a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
After extensive rehab, Vogt joined the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract last winter and enjoyed a solid bounce-back season. In 99 games that year, Vogt hit .263 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 280 plate appearances — marking the fourth time in his career he has posted double digits in homers.
Vogt, who earned both of All-Star nods with the Oakland Athletics, has a .247 career average with 73 homers and 282 RBIs in parts of nine seasons. He began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, moved on to Oakland (2013-17) and was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee during the 2017 season.
He missed the entire 2018 season because of the shoulder injury, which he sustained in spring training that year. An MRI exam displayed damage to the rotator cuff and labrum, leading to a surgery that Vogt feared might be career-ending.
Berne, 25, has appeared in five games with the rookie-level Florida Complex League this season, batting .250 with a home run and three RBIs.
–Field Level Media