After much speculation, and rumors out that the Astros and Vogelsong were in serious talks, the Giants and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong have come to a 1-year deal worth 4 million. This is the second year in a row that Vogelsong took a pay cut to stay with the Giants, and while he got great incentive money last season, it shows to his character towards the organization.
Vogelsong went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA last season. He battled some injuries and after starting off good, he couldn't get his groove back. This year, the Giants will have 6 guys who can all pitch, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
Giants reporter Hank Schulman said, "I think Vogy signing has less to do with fears about Hudson starting season, and more about depth with no pitchers ready from minors ready to start." Schulman makes a really good point in this because while a fear of Hudson not being ready is real, if the Giants' minor league pitchers aren't ready than they would have had to pick up a pitcher to either compete for a spot or sub in while Hudson is out.
This isn't a block-buster deal by any means, but in terms of loyalty to the Giants and the history between them, this signing is really good for Vogelsong and the team. Vogelsong had a lot of contributions in the playoffs and the fact he'd take a pay-cut shows how much he wants to stay in San Francisco.