Athletics agree to deal with C Hundley

The Oakland Athletics agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Nick Hundley on Monday, the team announced.

The deal is worth $1.25 million if Hundley is added to the 40-man roster.

Hundley batted .241 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs for the San Francisco Giants last season.

The 35-year-old Hundley has played 11 major league seasons, and Oakland executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane was happy to land him.

“He’s a well-respected veteran coming off a really good year,” Beane said. “We’re lucky to make that kind of addition.”

Hundley is known for his defense and strong ability to call a game from behind the plate. That led Athletics manager Bob Melvin, a former catcher, to term Hundley as a “gamer.”

“He’s one of those quarterbacks in the field,” Melvin told reporters. “He’s a big pickup for us. I know he’s excited about being here. You always want a veteran guy, especially in that job, who you have the communication with.”

Chris Herrmann and Josh Phegley are the only catchers currently on Oakland’s 40-man roster. Sean Murphy, a third-round pick in 2016, is viewed as the franchise’s catcher of the future.

Hundley has a .248 career average with 91 homers and 371 RBIs in 943 games with the San Diego Padres (2008-14), Baltimore Orioles (2014), Colorado Rockies (2015-16) and San Francisco Giants (2017-18).

–Field Level Media

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