It wasn’t long ago that the San Francisco Giants took a chance on Ryan Vogelsong and saw that chance turn into a huge reward. Now, it appears that the Giants will be declining Vogelsong’s $6.5 million option and will instead buy him out for $300K. However, it appears likely that the two sides will work out a deal that keeps Vogelsong in San Francisco.
After not having pitched since 2006, the Giants signed the then 33-year-old and watched as he rewarded them by pitching to a 2.71 ERA in 30 games (28 starts) and going 13-7 with 139 strikeouts in 179.2 innings. Vogelsong then went 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while striking out 158 in 189.2 innings and helped pitch the Giants to a World Series win.
Vogelsong struggled this past season posting a 5.73 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and missed three months with a broken pinky on his pitching hand and only made 19 starts. However, Vogelsong, if healthy, has proven he can be a very solid back of the rotation starter.
Right now, the Giants need pitching after they declined the option on Barry Zito. However it makes sense for the Giants to bring Vogelsong, who will turn 37 in July, back on a team-friendly deal. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to see Vogelsong take less in guaranteed money and sign a contract laden with incentives based on performance and innings or starts.
The Giants need Vogelsong and know that Vogelsong wants to return so the two sides shouldn’t be in negotiations long. Expect the two sides to hammer out a deal quickly with a much lower base salary but a possibility of earning more than he would have had the Giants picked up the option based on performance incentives.