The Giants have struck a 1-year, $2 million deal with free-agent catcher Nick Hundley, a league source confirmed to SB Nation. Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group first reported the deal.
Hundley will serve as the team’s backup catcher behind Buster Posey, and is a sure upgrade over Trevor Brown and Tim Federowicz. Hundley appeared in 83 games for the Rockies in 2016, but will likely see a decrease in playing time this year.
Hundley, who is entering his age-33 season, hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in those 83 games for the Rox as he completed the final year of a two-year, $6.25 million deal he signed with the club before the 2015 season. He was linked to the Orioles and Braves before coming to terms with the Giants, though those clubs signed Welington Castillo and Kurt Suzuki, respectively, instead of making a move on Hundley.
Though Hundley’s defense is a bit suspect, he has been a solid offensive contributor throughout his major-league career. In nine seasons with the Padres (2008-14), Orioles (2014) and Rockies (2015-16), he owns a career .250/.303/.404 line with 72 homers and 305 RBI.