Ryan Vogelsong resurrected his career in San Francisco and not surprisingly the 37-year-old free agent would love to re-sign with the Giants.
However, he’s also coming off back-to-back poor seasons in which he went 12-19 with a 4.62 ERA in 51 starts and Vogelsong had a 6.57 ERA in four playoff appearances this year.
And in talking to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, he seems to recognize that bringing him back won’t be an immediate priority for the Giants:
I mean, where else would I rather be? They got priorities to take care of before me and that’s fine. Whenever they get to me, they get to me.
Vogelsong was better this season than last season, but he can no longer be counted on as more than a back-of-the-rotation starter and the Giants may want to give Yusmeiro Petit a full-time crack at the rotation along with Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, and a returning-from-surgery Matt Cain.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.