Though he was recently non-tendered by the San Francisco Giants, catcher Chadwick Tromp announced on Twitter that he has a deal in place with his former team to return.
The deal, as reported by the Giants, will put Tromp back onto the 40-man roster. He is the third catcher on the roster, alongside Buster Posey and top prospect Joey Bart.
Tromp did not perform well at the plate in his Major League debut, batting .213 (13-for-61) with four home runs, but he was popular among fans and teammates, and reportedly worked well with starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, the Giants’ likely top starter for the 2021 season.
Tromp signed as a minor league free agent after the 2019 season, having spent his entire career in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He had a minor league stat line of .257/.321/.381 across seven seasons, playing parts of the 2018 and 2019 seasons in Triple-A.
The Aruba native’s role will likely be shaped as much by his teammates as his own performance. Buster Posey will likely be returning for 2021 after opting out of the 2020 season, due to family health concerns. Joey Bart made his Major League debut, but looked overmatched at times, batting .233/.288/.320 with no home runs in 33 games. The Giants may want to have him get time at Triple-A, where he would have likely spent most of the 2020 season if not for the pandemic.