Ryan Vogelsong served up four homers to the Dodgers last night and has allowed 22 runs in 19 innings this season, but the Giants are sticking with the 37-year-old right-hander in the rotation.
Here’s what manager Bruce Bochy told Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com:
We need him right now. We have a couple pitchers on the DL. Hopefully he puts this behind him and gets back on track the way he did in his previous game. Right now, we need him. We’ll talk as always, but it’s tough when you’ve got two other starters on the DL. We need all these guys to hopefully pitch well and give us a quality start.
Fair enough, but even with starters Matt Cain and Jake Peavy on the disabled list the Giants still have Yusmeiro Petit in the bullpen as a jack-of-all-trades fill-in if needed.
Vogelsong turned his career around with back-to-back standout seasons for the Giants in 2011 and 2012, but he’s 12-21 with a 4.91 ERA in 308 innings since then and this offseason San Francisco made little effort to re-sign him before finally bringing him back for $4 million in late January.
The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.
Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.
The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.
The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.