Update: Ryan Vogelsong has a 1-year, $4 million agreement with the Giants, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
TheGiants appear to be closing in on a deal to bring back right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, reports the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman, who adds that it is likely to be a one-year deal. Vogelsong was thought to be headed to the Houston Astros on a one-year deal earlier this week, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday that Vogelsong had reversed course, and was engaged in "serious discussions" with the Giants.
The 37-year-old Vogelsong has had an interesting career path, beginning his career in San Francisco before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001, eventually busting out of the majors by 2006. After four years without a major league appearance, Vogelsong returned in 2011 to post an All-Star season with the Giants. He was solid again in 2012 before performing disastrously (5.73, -0.6 WAR) in 2013.
Vogelsong rebounded last season to fortify the back of the Giants' World Series-winning rotation, posting a 4.00 ERA, 87 ERA+, 3.85 FIP, 2.60 K/BB, and 1.0 WAR in 184.2 innings pitched over a career-high 32 starts. He also allowed nine runs in 12.1 postseason innings.
The Giants seem to already have a full rotation without Vogelsong, currently employing Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, and Jake Peavy, with Yusmeiro Petit serving as a swingman of sorts. However, San Francisco does have some question marks, as Hudson and Cain are currently recovering from surgery, and there's no telling what to expect from the enigmatic Lincecum.
For Houston, Vogelsong's spurning leaves them without the veteran starter they have been seeking this winter. At the moment, they will head into the 2015 season with a rotation of Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Scott Feldman, Brett Oberholtzer, and Dan Straily, so they could be well-served to add some sort of back-end presence.