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Giants “moving toward” deal with Ryan Vogelsong

Nov 28, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

Ryan Vogelsong AP

San Francisco continues to work on solidifying its rotation even after re-signing Tim Lincecum and adding Tim Hudson, with Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reporting that the Giants are “working toward” a deal to bring back right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.

Vogelsong became a free agent after the Giants declined his $6.5 million option for 2014 following a rough year in which he posted a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts at age 35. His strikeout rate took a nosedive, his average fastball velocity fell below 90 miles per hour, and Vogelsong’s secondary numbers weren’t a whole lot more promising than his ugly ERA.

Still, as a potential fifth starter in a rotation led by Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Hudson, and Lincecum he’d be a reasonable enough re-sign on a modest one-year contract.

  1. georgewashingtonsghost - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Happy thanksgiving. Keep up the good work!

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    With that sort of production, they should be able to get him for a song.

  3. arrooo - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    He was close to being the World Series MVP. I’d sign him for a year with no worries

  4. paxnov - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    The important thing is to nail down the core performers who helped the Giants reach their goals last year. Vogelsong & Lincecum were obviously key to the Giants run in 2013. Great move in my mind.

    • missingdiz - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      That wasn’t much of a goal, to finish 16 games behind the Dodgers and way below .500. But for sure Vogelsong & Lincecum were key elements in the “run” (as in “run aground”?). If Vogelsong doesn’t improve–at age 36!–the Giants will need to score 7 runs a game on average. With that offense?

    • temporarilyexiled - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      This is obviously brilliant trolling. Well done! You’re right. They NEED to sign Arroyo AND a left-field stud. Of course, that’ll cost money, which they’ve already spent on Lincecum, Pence, and now Hudson. Really, Bumgarner is the only starter most likely to still pitch like an ace. The other current four could be anything from ace…to deuce. But many of the Giants’ brass are claiming on camera that they’re not done adding to the team, so we’ll see how it all turns out.

  5. rap49er - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Left field please! Repeat after me, Left Field!!

  6. sjtorpitt - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    rap49er knows what’s up lol. SF should suck it up and throw some cash a a big name OF.

  7. DanM - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I’m thrilled with this move. Then again, I’m a Padres fan.

    • joecool16280 - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      haha. Vintage Sabean move. Bochy gets credit from most Giant fans (me) for their WS wins. Seems weird but I wish they’d get some new blood in there. Sabean’s time is done.

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