Ryan Vogelsong promised to be better next season and hoped to find his old form in a Giants uniform. Now he'll get that chance.
Vogelsong agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday, giving the club the final piece of its 2014 starting rotation. General manager Brian Sabean has said that he would not make Vogelsong, 36, compete for a job next spring, and the veteran right-hander will now move in alongside Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson.
Vogelsong had a disappointing 2013 season that was halted by a fractured finger. He had a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and struggled to overcome reduced fastball velocity after coming off the disabled list in August. Throughout, Vogelsong made it clear that he hoped to return to the Giants.
"It's no secret I love it here," Vogelsong said in September. "I want to be back."
Earlier this month, the Giants declined Vogelsong's $6.5 million option, hoping to stay flexible in their search for starting pitching help. With the market heating up, they have turned back to Vogelsong, a key contributor during the 2012 title run. Financial details of the deal were not immediately available, but the club had hoped to sign Vogelsong to a deal with a lower base salary and reachable incentives. Vogelsong's deal is pending a physical, likely to be taken late next week.