Ryan Vogelsong “shifts course” on Astros, now “in serious discussions” with the Giants

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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.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.