Herrmann signed a minor-league deal with the Giants, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Herrmann will be part of the Giants' player pool and taxi squad. He's found an organization with a fairly significant need behind the plate, as Buster Posey's decision to opt out left Tyler Heineman, who had just five career big-league games under his belt, as the team's Opening Day catcher. Whether or not Herrmann will be able to carve out a significant role in San Francisco remains to be seen.
Herrmann exercised his opt-out clause and became a free agent Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Herrmann's minor-league deal gave him the right to opt out if he weren't on the club's big-league roster. Herrmann was sent to the Rays' alternate camp site in early July, and there didn't seem to be much reason to believe he'd get big-league opportunities any time soon. As a 32-year-old with a career .205/.282/.344 slash line, Herrmann is unlikely to be in high demand on the open market.
Herrmann has been shifted to the Rays' alternate summer camp site at Port Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The move doesn't mean the veteran backstop has a reduced chance of making the Opening Day roster, despite his move out of the Rays' main training site at Tropicana Field. Rather, manager Kevin Cash opted to shift both Herrmann and his fellow competitor for a possible third catcher spot, Kevan Smith, to "better distribute the workload" among the two groups. Herrmann could actually have a reasonable chance of making the expanded Opening Day roster, considering he can also play the corner outfield spots.
Herrmann is part of the 60-man player pool that will report to Rays' summer camp, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Herrmann was making a favorable impression before spring training was suspended, hitting .389 (7-for-18) across nine Grapefruit League games. In addition to catcher, the 32-year-old can also play the corner outfield spots, and that type of versatility could make him an ideal investment in one of the additional roster spots that will be afforded to teams over the first four weeks of the season.
Herrmann, who's battling Kevan Smith and Michael Perez for the backup catcher job, could potentially benefit from the current suspension of spring training, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Herrmann was already making a strong case for himself in Grapefruit League play, as he hit .389 (7-for-18) with a triple, four RBI and one walk across nine spring games. Torbio adds that as a newcomer to the Rays this season, the current pause in play gives Herrmann valuable downtime to continue studying the team's pitching staff, which, along with his ability to also play the corner outfield, could certainly prove integral to his chances of winning the backup catcher battle. As is, with all three candidates for the position flashing some positives during the truncated exhibition slate, the competition may be sorted out during the ramp-up to the regular season, whenever that unfolds.