The Astros appear to be on the verge of signing right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, according to multiple reports. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported on Monday that the sides were in "serious discussions" about a deal, with Mark Berman of FOX 26 adding that Vogelsong is presently in Houston and may be in town to take a physical with the Astros.
Houston has been aggressive this offseason, adding free agents Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Jed Lowrie while acquiring Evan Gattis from the Braves and trading Dexter Fowler to the Cubs for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. They were known to be looking for veteran pitching help, with Vogelsong's name being mentioned among their targets for a couple of weeks.
Vogelsong, 37, was 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts for the Giants last season, and has been linked to the Giants, Rockies and Twins in addition to the Astros this winter. If he gets a deal done with the Astros, he will join Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock and Straily in Houston's rotation mix.
In ten major-league seasons with the Giants (2000-2001, 2011-2014) and Pirates (2001, 2003-2006), Vogelsong is the owner of a lifetime 49-57 record and 4.42 ERA. He was named to the NL All-Star team in 2011.