The Atlanta Braves have acquired veteran catcher Stephen Vogt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league first baseman Mason Berne. The club announced the move around 1 a.m. Saturday morning following another tough loss in extra innings to the Tampa Bay Rays to fall to 44-46 on the year.
Vogt, 36, is batting .212/.307/.386 on the season (86 wRC+) with five homers and 17 RBI. He grades out pretty well defensively and has thrown out 10 of 30 would-be base stealers.
Given the lack of performance from current starting catcher Kevan Smith, the Braves had no choice but to look for an alternative until (hopefully) Travis d’Arnaud is able to return at some point in August. Despite a strong start to the 2021 campaign, young William Contreras proved he needed more seasoning in the minor leagues before handling a full-time starter role. Contreras is currently with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Mark Bowman reports Vogt will replace Jonathan Lucroy on the active roster.
Berne, 25, was taken in the 33rd round of the 2018 draft and is not considered to be a prospect. He was most recently with the FCL Braves and owns a career .659 OPS across 221 at bats.