The San Francisco Giants have re-signed starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year, $5 million deal, less than a month after declining a $6.5 million option on the 36-year old for the 2014 season.
Vogelsong will serve as the club's fifth starter behind Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, and newly-signed Tim Hudson. Lincecum was also a free agent after this season, and got a two-year, $35 million contract to remain with the Giants. Vogelsong made just 19 starts and threw 103 2/3 innings in 2013, pitching to a 5.73 ERA after great seasons in both 2011 and 2012 with San Francisco. He also missed two and a half months in the middle of the season after breaking a finger when he was hit by a pitch.
Once he returned from the broken pinky, things got a little better for Vogelsong. In the second half, he threw 57 1/3 innings and allowed a .760 OPS, a vast improvement from the .931 OPS he allowed in the first half of the season. Yet, Vogelsong still walk 20 and strike out only 27 in the second half, so it's not as if he was worlds better after the injury.
This has really been Brian Sabean's MO over the last couple of seasons – staying with the horses that brought you to the dance. He's now managed to re-sign several players from the 2012 World Series champions team, including Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro, Hunter Pence, Lincecum, Vogelsong, and nearly the entire bullpen. San Francisco has 14 players signed at a total cost of over $130 million for 2014, and 11 at a cost of $125 million for 2015. It's looking more and more like the team is going to eclipse their franchise-record $136 million payroll from 2013 in each of the next two years, especially if the team inks closer Sergio Romo and/or third baseman Pablo Sandoval to long-term contracts.