The Giants won’t be picking up Ryan Vogelsong’s $6.5 million club option for 2014, but they are talking about a deal with a lower price tag, sources told CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly.
Vogelsong, a big success in winning 27 games with a 3.04 ERA for the Giants between 2011 and ’12, slipped to 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts last season. He did improve somewhat after returning from a fractured hand, posting a 4.55 ERA in his final 10 starts. However, that came with just 27 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.
If the Giants bring back Vogelsong, it could be for a guarantee in the $3 million range, with incentives that would push him back up to $6 million or so. He’ll get a $300,000 buyout when his option is declined, assuming that isn’t folded into a new contract that gets announced first.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.