According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Houston Astros are in serious discussions to acquire starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who is a free agent.
Sources: #Astros in serious discussions with free-agent RHP Ryan Vogelsong.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2015
The Astros, as I wrote a few days ago, are looking for help in their rotation, and have been interested in Vogelsong for a while. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Vogelsong is a “realistic option” but nothing will likely be finalized tonight.
Source says Vogelsong a “realistic option” but doesn’t expect Astros to finalize anything tonight. — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 20, 2015
Vogelsong would be a improvement for an Astros pitching staff that total team ERA of 4.14, and a team WHIP (Walks plus hits per inning pitched, a measure of how many base runners a pitcher or team allows each inning) of 1.335 according to Baseball Reference.
Last season, Vogelsong was 8-13, with a ERA of 4.00 while pitching for the world champion San Francisco Giants.