SAN FRANCISCO -- 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 deal 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 veteran catching all offseason, but the Giants shied away from incumbent Nick Hundley, who signed with the A's on Monday morning. The Giants were looking for 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.
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.