Chris Herrmann

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      Giants' Chris Herrmann: Signs minors deal with Giants

      Chris Herrmann signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco 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.

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      Chris Herrmann: Heads to free agency

      Chris 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.

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      Rays' Chris Herrmann: Shifts to alternate camp site

      Chris Herrmann has been shifted to the Tampa Bay 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.

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      Rays' Chris Herrmann: Gets into player pool

      Chris Herrmann is part of the 60-man player pool that will report to Tampa Bay 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.

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      Rays' Chris Herrmann: Layoff could be advantageous

      Chris 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 Tampa Bay 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.

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      Rays' Chris Herrmann: Making case for backup catcher job

      Chris Herrmann, who's competing with Michael Perez and Kevan Smith for the backup catcher role this spring, is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four RBI and one walk across six Grapefruit League games.Herrmann looks like he'll make manager Kevin Cash's decision a tough one, as he already arrived with a solid major-league track record and is wielding a hot bat early. The 32-year-old has plenty of experience handling a pitching staff after stops with the Twins, Diamondbacks, Mariners and Athletics, and Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports Herrmann's ability to also play multiple positions could give him an upper hand. "I've got all my gloves," Herrmann said. "My outfield glove, my first-base glove, my catcher's mitt. I'll be ready to go wherever they need me to."

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      Rays' Chris Herrmann: Agrees to deal with Rays

      Chris Herrmann signed a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.Herrmann saw limited playing time for the Athletics in 2019 after undergoing knee surgery in March, but he managed to appear in 30 games for the big-league club. He wasn't particularly effective, hitting just .202/.280/.274 with one home run and 29 strikeouts, and he was released in September. He'll get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff during spring training, but it's unlikely that he'll have a major impact behind the dish for the Rays.

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      Chris Herrmann: Released by Oakland

      Chris Herrmann was released by the Athletics on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.Herrmann entered camp as the A's presumed starter behind the plate, but March knee surgery delayed his debut until early July. He never really got established after that, playing just 30 games while posting a poor .202/.280/.274 slash line. The 31-year-old unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers and will likely be stuck waiting until the offseason to find his next job.

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      Athletics' Chris Herrmann: Booted from 40-man roster

      Chris Herrmann was designated for assignment by Oakland on Tuesday.Herrmann will head to waivers after slashing .202/.280/.274 with a homer and eight RBI over 30 games this season in the majors. Beau Taylor has been claimed by the Oakland Athletics and will take Herrmann's place on the 40-man roster.

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      Athletics' Chris Herrmann: Returns to lineup

      Chris Herrmann (groin) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.Herrmann hadn't started since leaving Sunday's game against the Giants with a bruised groin, though he did appear off the bench Monday. He'll catch and bat ninth in Wednesday's contest.