The San Francisco Giants and right-handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 23, 2015
Earlier in the week, it looked as if the 37-year-old was heading to the Houston Astros on a one-year deal, but that quickly changed, as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Vogelsong had changed his mind and was in “serious discussions” with the Giants.
Sources: #Astros in serious discussions with free-agent RHP Ryan Vogelsong.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2015
Vogelsong was drafted by the Giants in the 5th round of the 1998 draft, and was later traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He struggled with the Pirates, and later had trouble finding his way back into the majors, but a return to San Francisco in 2011 helped him get back to form. The former All-Star and two-time World Series Champion holds a career 49-57 record with a 4.42 ERA during his 10-year career.
With an already full rotation, this move serves as insurance for the Giants. With Matt Cain and Tim Hudson coming off surgeries, the Giants might be in need of another starter, and Vogelsong definitely is a guy who can fill in and produce. For the Astros, losing out on Vogelsong hurts, being that they have been searching all off-season for a veteran to lead their pitching staff.