It appeared that Ryan Vogelsong was closing in on a deal with the Astros just a couple of days ago, but the Giants jumped back into the mix last night and now Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it looks like a reunion will come to fruition.
Assuming the Giants get it done, it’s expected to be a one-year deal. Tim Hudson is coming off right ankle surgery and Matt Cain had season-ending elbow surgery last year, so Vogelsong is good insurance to have around. If everybody is healthy, the defending World Series champs plan to go with Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Jake Peavy, Hudson, and Tim Lincecum in their rotation and keep Yusmiero Petit in his swingman role.
Vogelsong, 37, is coming off a 4.00 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings across 32 starts last season.
Free agent starter Ryan Vogelsong was said to be working toward an agreement with the Astros and even traveled to Houston on Monday to meet with team officials. But it appears those negotiations have suddenly collapsed. From the Twitter account of FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal …
San Francisco’s roster already carries pretty good rotation depth between Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, and swingman Yusmeiro Petit, but Cain is still rehabbing from right elbow surgery and Lincecum has been a start-to-start question mark for the past three years.
Vogelsong, 37, posted a solid 4.00 ERA, 1.278 WHIP, and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings last season for the World Series-champion Giants. He has also drawn free agent interest this winter from the Rockies.
Houston will have to look elsewhere for its veteran starter. Or the quickly-improving ‘Stros can try out a rotation that goes Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Scott Feldman, Brett Oberholtzer, and Dan Straily.
Tim Hudson underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle, the Giants announced.
The expected recovery timetable is approximately eight weeks, which means Hudson will get a late start to spring training and any sort of setback could put the 39-year-old’s status for Opening Day in jeopardy.
Hudson has already said that he plans to retire after the season, which will be his second in San Francisco after throwing 189 innings with a 3.57 ERA for the Giants in the first year of a two-year, $23 million contract.
The Giants finalized their new two-year, $24 million contract with Jake Peavy this week. In the video below, the veteran right-hander discusses his decision to stay with the defending World Series champions:
Peavy began last season with the Red Sox and posted a 4.72 ERA across 22 starts prior to being traded to the Giants in July. The move back to the National League and a pitcher-friendly home ballpark seemed to agree with him, as he put up a 2.17 ERA and 58/17 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings across 12 starts down the stretch. The 33-year-old threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in the NLDS against the Nationals before scuffling in his final three postseason starts, but the Giants are happy to have him back for 2015. He’ll be a part of a rotation which currently projects to include Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson, Matt Cain, and Tim Lincecum.
Tim Hudson has one year remaining on his contract with the Giants and the 39-year-old right-hander said today that he plans to retire after the season.
Via the Associated Press, here’s what Hudson said during an event at his alma mater, Auburn University:
I have one more year left on my contract, so I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it after this season. I just started my workouts yesterday, which is kind of crazy to me. Just two weeks ago I was still playing and here I am having to get back ready for next season again.
I guess that’s the price you pay when you play that late into the season come playoff time. But I’m going to work my tail off this offseason to get ready to go on to spring training in as good a shape as I can be and hopefully finish (next) season strong. It’s been an unbelievable career for me.
Hudson, who threw 189 innings with a 3.57 ERA in 31 starts, added that winning the World Series this year brings him “some solid closure” to his career after previously never advancing past the first round of the playoffs.
He’ll make $12 million in 2015.