During the off-season, starter Ryan Vogelsong was courted by the Astros and the two sides very nearly had a deal, but the right-hander eventually signed with the Giants on a one-year, $4 million deal on January 23. Vogelsong cryptically hinted at some funny business in his time speaking with the Astros, but there weren’t any specifics.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has some specifics. He reported on Thursday that the Astros lowered their offer to Vogelsong after he underwent a medical examination, which caused talks to fall through, pushing Vogelsong back to the Giants. Heyman writes that the Astros’ original offer was for $4 million over one year.
Now, Vogelsong figures to serve as a swingman for the Giants. If the Giants get through spring training with their starting rotation intact, Vogelsong will start the season in the bullpen and would be used as a spot starter or a replacement starter as needed. The 37-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA with a 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings last season.