Rays Trade Stephen Vogt to the A’s | The Process Report

Rays Trade Stephen Vogt to the A’s

The Rays made a minor trade on Friday night by shipping Stephen Vogt to the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a team release. Vogt, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, has since been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

A 12th-round selection in 2007, Vogt is the most recent Rays’ draft pick to reach the majors. Originally a catcher it was Vogt’s offensive game that gained him a spot on the 40-man roster after the 2011 season. He made his big-league debut on Opening Day 2012 but failed to record a hit in 25 big-league at-bats. If Vogt does notch a hit in the majors at some point he would become the fifth Azusa Pacific University player to do so, joining the Mets Kirk Nieuwenhuis amongst others.

The two teams have six months to figure out who the player to be named later is. A lot of the time these deals are completed with an exchange of unreported cash considerations.

Meanwhile the Rays have a few more days to resolve Robinson Chirinos’ situation, which boils down to three acts: 1) releasing him; 2) sending him through waivers; or 3) trading him. It’s worth noting the oft-inactive Craig Albernaz is serving as Durham’s backup catcher. That may hint at the Rays attempting to retain Chirinos’ services.

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