The San Francisco Giants are moving closer to a one-year contract with starter Ryan Vogelsong, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is offering Vogelsong a contract worth more than $3 million in guaranteed money, and Haft notes that the right-hander is looking for an incentive-laden deal that could bring its total value to $7-8 million.
According to Haft, the Phillies, Braves and Rangers have expressed interest in signing Vogelsong, who has stated that he would like to return to the Giants since the team declined his $6.5 million option at the beginning of the month. While no agreement is in place between the two sides, they seem to be moving quickly towards a mutually satisfying contract that would keep Vogelsong in San Francisco for another year.
In an injury-plagued season with the Giants in 2013, Vogelsong posted a 4-6 record and 5.73 ERA in just 19 starts. His lackluster performance followed two spectacular seasons in San Francisco in which he went a combined 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA in 61 starts. He was also excellent in the 2012 postseason, surrendering only three earned runs over four starts and notching three wins en route to a World Series championship.
The Giants have shown consistent interest in right-hander Bronson Arroyo, and a source confirms that they have not indicated that they are out of the sweepstakes for him just yet. If they do the deal done with Vogelsong, they are all but certain to stop their pursuit of Arroyo, according to a source.