Former San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins, according to Phil Miller of the Minnesota Star Tribune.
Vogelsong, who won two World Series rings in San Francisco, was originally drafted by the Giants. The 39-year-old right-hander pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, going 3-7 with a 4.81 ERA.
Ryan’s story is truly remarkable. After being drafted by the Giants in 1998, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 along with Armando Rios for Jason Schmidt. Vogelsong struggled in Pittsburgh, and in 2006, ended up in Japan.
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After four years in Japan, the Giants signed him to a minor league deal in 2011.
The Giants were coming off a World Series where their starting pitching was dominant, so making the team was a long shot.
Despite no guarantee of a roster spot heading into camp, Vogelsong ended up making the All-Star team that season.
The following year he helped lead the Giants to their second World Series title.
Vogelsong would also win a second ring in 2014. In his seven career post-season starts, Ryan went 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA.
If Vogelsong makes the Twins roster, it is possible that Giants fans could see him at AT&T this season as the Twins come to San Francisco in June.
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