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Giants ink Ryan Vogelsong to two-year, $8M extension

Jan 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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According to Mychael Urban, the Giants have signed right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2014.

No word yet on the financial terms of the agreement. Vogelsong was eligible for arbitration this winter, and due a hefty raise after posting a superb 2.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 179 2/3 innings last season.

The 34-year-old revitalized his career by relying less on his fastball — which he threw only 55.9 percent of the time in 2011 — and more on his cutter (14.7 percent), curve (19.7 percent) and change (9.7 percent). He became craftier, and it made him more effective.

UPDATE, 8:37 PM: FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi says the two-year deal is worth $8 million.

  1. trevorb06 - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Good for Vogelsong. A lot of what he had going for him, too, was that most guys had him written off as effective, therefore less video of him to study. I won’t feel one bit sad next season that I dropped him in my dynasty league.

    • dondada10 - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Tip your hat to Dave Righetti on that one.

    • crisisjunky - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      when MLB scouts came to visit his sleep cubicle in Japan, his response:
      “I am a meat popsicle”
      Luckily, The Fifth Element crashed through the roof of his Taxi
      and turned him into Bruce Willis on the mound.
      Real Bulldog and tough to K.O.
      It’s nice to bring a guy like that back to the fold.

  2. goawaydog - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    class act, well deserved after long hard work to get back to the big league. i hope he has continued success next year too.

  3. arrooo - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Kutztown university is proud

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      He went to Kutztown? It smells down there. :(

  4. loungefly74 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    nice job G-men…now lets see if you can sign a nice bat or two…

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