May 21, 2024

Giants sign veteran catcher Curt Casali to 1-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants signed veteran catcher Curt Casali to a one-year contract on Wednesday amid a rising variety of accidents on their roster.

Starting catcher Patrick Bailey went again on the seven-day concussion injured record Tuesday after being activated three days earlier, and backup Tom Murphy was transferred to the 60-day IL on Wednesday with a sprained left knee.

Giants catcher Jakson Reetz was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Casali on the energetic roster.

The 35-year-old Casali performed for San Francisco from 2021-22 earlier than getting traded to the Seattle Mariners.

“A lot of the things that you want from that position, he does very well,” Giants supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “And I know our guys, especially the ones who have been around him before, are excited about him being here.”

Casali spent final season with the Cincinnati Reds, batting .175 in 40 video games.

He signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs in March and hit .362 with two house runs and 11 RBIs in 23 video games with Triple-A Iowa.

In 10 main league seasons with the Rays, Reds, Giants and Mariners, Casali has a .220 batting common with 47 homers and 154 RBIs.