With backup catcher David Ross set to be a free agent, the Boston Red Sox could use a catcher to compliment rookie Christian Vazquez. Realistically though, the free agency market is thin with Geovany Soto being the most appealing option who played in just 24 games this season. Instead of going for Soto, perhaps Boston finds that Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is a perfect fit for the team.
Vogt, 31, is a highly productive left-handed hitter who hit .291/.331/.439 off right-handed pitching this season. The only problem though is like Vazquez, he too struggles against left-handed pitching which may be the type of issue Boston just has to deal with.
Behind the dish, Vogt has gunned down 39% of would-be base runners in 66 games in his big league career and 35% in 224 minor league games.
Not to be outdone, Vogt has the versatility to play first base and both corner outfield spots. Not only could he serve as a fellow catcher to Christian Vazquez, but also as a backup first baseman for Mike Napoli who is not the greatest off right-handed pitching.
Luckily for the Red Sox, the Athletics have a surplus of catching. With Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt and John Jaso all catching games for the A's, odds are they would be willing to spare one. Vogt seems to be their least favorite catcher of the three which is why he might be able to go cheap.
Set to be a free agent in 2020, Vogt would be a member of the Boston Red Sox for quite some time. Even if Blake Swihart is the catcher of the future, Vogt's versatility still makes him a valuable member of any club — including the Red Sox.
Before joining the Oakland A's in 2013, Vogt was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. During his tenure in St. Petersburg, the catcher opened up his big league career going 0-for-25. Oh, how the tides have turned.