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Milwaukee Brewers claim former All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers

By The Sports Xchange
Milwaukee Brewers claim former All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers
Former Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21) is greeted at home plate by Khris Davis after belting a three run home run in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

The Milwaukee Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers on Sunday after he was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics.

Vogt was batting .217 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games with the A's this season when was designated for assignment on Thursday.

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The 32-year-old left-handed hitter made 42 of his 43 starts (36 at catcher, seven at designated hitter) in games started by a right-handed pitcher and batted .229 against righties compared to .077 against lefties.

Vogt was a two-time American League All-Star with the Athletics (2015-16), hitting .261 with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2015 and .251 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 2016.

Vogt started all five games at catcher for the A's in the 2013 American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers and had a walk-off single to win Game 2 in Oakland. He made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 and spent all or parts of the last five seasons with Oakland. He is a .251 career hitter with 49 home runs and 198 RBIs in 476 games.

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