September 15, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: San Francisco Giants Bring Back Ryan Vogelsong


UPDATED 11/29/2013 1:03 p.m.

According to reports, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.

CSNBayArea.com reported that the sides have agreed to the deal, pending a physical. Terms were not reported.

Vogelsong became a free agent earlier this month when the Giants declined to pick up his $6.5 million option for 2014 and was reportedly drawing interest from several clubs, including the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers.

The Phillies were thought to have an inside track because Vogelsong lives near Philadelphia, but the pitcher has reiterated his desire to remain in San Francisco.

Vogelsong was reportedly looking for $7 million to $8 million on a one-year deal. However, the one-year, $8 million deal the San Diego Padres extended to free agent Josh Johnson last week might have set the market for the veteran right-hander.

The 36-year-old Vogelsong had a tough year in 2013, going 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA and 1.563 WHIP in 19 starts and 103.2 innings with 67 strikeouts.

He missed more than two months with a broken pitching hand after he was hit by a pitch from Washington’s Craig Stammen in May and his velocity was down at the end of the season.

Vogelsong burst onto the scene in 2011, returning to the major leagues after a five-year absence to go 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA and 1.252 WHIP in 30 appearances, 28 starts, and 179.2 innings with 139 strikeouts. He earned an All-Star Game berth after having last pitched in the bigs with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006.

Vogelsong was originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Giants in 1998 and made his big league debut for San Francisco in September 2000. He was traded to the Pirates in July 2001 in the deal that brought Jason Schmidt and John Vander Wal to San Francisco and became a free agent in October 2006 when he was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh.

He pitched in Japan for three seasons from 2007-09 before signing with the Phillies as a free agent in January 2010. He was released in July of that year, signed with the Angels and became a free agent again that November, when he was resigned by the Giants in January 2011.

Vogelsong won a career-high 14 games and was 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.228 WHIP in 31 starts over 189.2 innings for the Giants’ World Series winner in 2012, striking out 158 hitters.

He was also terrific in the postseason for San Francisco, winning three of his four playoff starts and posting a 1.09 ERA and 1.054 WHIP in 24.2 innings with 21 strikeouts.

The Giants re-signed Tim Lincecum earlier this offseason and just agreed to terms with right-hander Tim Hudson, leaving them one spot to fill in the rotation alongside Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.

Stats from baseball-reference.com.

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