August 20, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at AT
Late last night, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle stated that free agent starter Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants were close to a new contract
On November 4th, the Giants declined Vogelsong’s $6.5 million option for the 2014 season, thus making him a free agent and able to sign with any team. After signing Tim Hudson to a 2 year contract earlier this month, the big question was what would happen with the 5th spot in the rotation. It now looks like we have our answer.
After a solid 2012 season, 14-9 3.37 ERA, Vogelson struggled in 2013. Many say that the workload from the 2012 post season and 2013 World Baseball Classic may have been a big reason for the disappointing 2013 season, 4-6 5.73 ERA. In May of this past season, Vogelsong was hit on the hand during an at bat and missed over 2 months of action. As nothing has been officially signed, we do not yet know what the terms of any deal would be. There was a lot of different opinions when the news of a pending deal was mentioned last night,
If a deal is in fact reached between the Giants and Vogelsong, the rotation I imagine would be Bumgarner, Cain, Hudson, Lincecum and Vogelsong. Now that the rotation seems to be set, what is the next move for Brian Sabean? I for one hope he is planning on bringing in an everyday left fielder and stops with the platoon idea of last year.
What are your thoughts on bringing back Vogelsong? Would you rather give someone like Petit, Surkamp or Escobar the shot at the 5th spot? or Would you liked to see Bronson Arroyo brought in?
Update 12:20pm: Regarding the Vogelson re-signing Henry Schulman had this to say
"It sounds like the Ryan Vogelsong deal will not get done before next week."
Some other stuff from the article that stood out to me
"My good buddy Chris Haft reported that the contract could be worth upwards of $8 million if incentives are reached. I’ve learned that the guaranteed portion could be about half that, north of $3 million for sure.Also, if the Giants complete their deal with Vogelsong they are not likely to pursue a long-term contract with another free-agent starter, at least for now. Instead, they would turn their attention toward left field, with a trade more likely that a free-agent signing."
For the entire article that was just posted, look here. I will keep the updates coming as they become available
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers