SAN FRANCISCO -- With three catchers now at the big league level, the Giants made a minor move to add organizational depth.
Francisco Peña was acquired from the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations and will report to Triple-A Sacramento. They say you can never have too much catching depth, and the Giants have continuously worked to add to their Triple-A roster.
They tried to sneak Tom Murphy through waivers at the end of camp but ended up with Vogt and Aramis Garcia splitting time in Triple-A to start the year. Vogt was called up Wednesday and appears likely to get a lengthy audition in the big leagues.
Peña, 29, has 202 big league plate appearances for the Royals and Cardinals, batting .216 with five homers. He made 58 appearances for the Cardinals last season, but posted just a .203/.239/.271 slash line with two homers. Peña was off to a good start in Triple-A this season, batting .333 with a .429 OBP and one homer in 21 plate appearances.
He is the son of Tony Peña, who played 18 seasons for six different teams and was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner.