The San Francisco Giants are not going to pick up Ryan Vogelsong’s $6.5 million option for 2014, but that doesn’t mean the Giants don’t want to bring back the 36-year-old right-hander.
The Giants want less guaranteed money for Vogelsong, an All-Star in 2011, with incentives based on innings pitched or starts, or possibly both, according to CSNBayArea.com.
Vogelsong struggled mightily in 2013, going just 4-6 in 19 starts with a 5.73 ERA and 1.563 WHIP in 103.2 innings and 67 strikeouts.
That contrasts his career-high 14 wins in 2012, when he was 14-9 in 31 starts with a 3.37 ERA and 1.228 WHIP in 189.2 innings and 158 punchouts.
He was also big in the postseason as San Francisco won the World Series title in 2012, winning a pair of starts in the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and throwing 5.2 shutout innings in his lone start against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
Vogelsong was struggling even before he missed almost three months with a broken pinky finger on his throwing hand when he was hit by a pitch. Of his 19 starts, only seven were classified as quality starts (six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs).
The Giants have only three starters locked in for next season with two spots available behind Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum.
The buyout payment Vogelsong will receive is $300,000.