ATF Morning Commute – Nov 5 – We Got Jokes

By Melissa Felkins

Ain’t gonna happen. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was a crazy news day. I won’t overwhelm you this morning, but leave you with some nuggets to get you through the day. Hint: it’s all pitching related.

Ryan Vogelsong: First off, you already know the Giants have declined Vogelsong’s 2014 option. There are expected to be some talks of bringing him back however, just for less money. Well, here is the latest.

Alex Pavlovic: Vogelsong and Giants to explore market

"Vogelsong comes in at No. 92 on Jeff Passan’s excellent free agent roundup, but personally, I think he has a lot more upside than that. He’s not far removed from a strong 2012 season and brilliant postseason. Vogelsong believes he still has plenty to offer."

Basically, the Giants are saying, “we like you and all, but let’s see if we can do better.” Hopefully they don’t turn into the pathetic ex that comes crawling back, and if they do, hopefully Vogey has already moved on. I get it. It’s business, but it’s the equivalent.

Andrew Baggarly: Baggs breaks down free agency, qualifying offers, and what it means for the Giants rotation next season.

With qualifying offers made, Giants’ rotation targets come into focus

"Arroyo didn’t get a qualifying offer from the Reds. Neither did Dan Haren, Paul Maholm, Ricky Nolasco, A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon or Scott Kazmir. If you want to take a shot on recapturing past glory, you could throw in Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson and Johan Santana."

Denise thinks the Giants should bring back Javier Lopez. She even put together a handy list to help them make their decision. I’m pretty sure all of her reasons include “he’s hot.” Oh, wait, I guess not. You should probably read it then.

Ten Reasons to Re-Sign Javier Lopez

"7. We need someone to lead our rookie hazing and no one does it better than Lopez."

Well, maybe Richie Incognito does.