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.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.