Ryan Vogelsong on staying with the Giants: “Whenever they get to me, they get to me”

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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.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).