Ryan Vogelsong will be returning to the Giants this spring, once again, after coming to terms on a one-year deal worth $4 million plus performance bonuses, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
After being drafted by San Francisco in the 5th round of the 1998 draft Vogelsong was part of the package sent to Pittsburgh for RHP Jason Schmidt in 2001. In 2011, after spending three seasons in Japan and in spring ball with other organizations, the Giants called. He was given a spot in the rotation when Jonathan Sanchez went down and he became an All Star.
He has pitched over 655 innings with the Giants since 2011posting a 3.74 ERA and a combined fWAR of 4.4. He wasn’t good in 2014 posting a 4.00 ERA, but gave the team 182 innings and an impressive performance in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. In 37 career postseason innings (all with the Giants) he has a 2.92 ERA, 3.27 FIP, and his team has never lost a game he started (7).
Vogelsong gives the club some depth where they needed it the most the past couple of seasons, the rotation, where they now have seven capable starters. Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, Matt Cain, Yusmeiro Petit, Tim Lincecum, and Vogelsong. Instead of making a splash in free agency by landing James Shields or Jon Lester the club spread out the money signing Peavy, Nori Aoki, Vogelsong, and trading for Casey McGehee. They could still add a couple more pieces to their bench or bullpen by the start of spring training.