Earlier Thursday, it was reported that the San Francisco Giants were in contract negotiations with Ryan Vogelsong. What type of money was being talked about or how many years the Giants were offering though, were unknown – until now.
According to Chris Haft, the Giants plan to offer Vogelsong a one-year deal which could reach $7 to $8 million dollars, assuming all incentives are met:
Momentum appears to be carrying right-hander Ryan Vogelsong toward a one-year agreement with the Giants, industry sources said late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Sources said that Vogelsong was looking for a deal with a base salary and incentives that could potentially reach $7 million to $8 million. Josh Johnson‘s one-year, $8 million agreement with San Diego last week may have established Vogelsong’s salary ceiling.
Vogelsong began his career with the Giants and was expected to eventually become a front line starter. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and the Giants traded Vogelsong to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he struggled and eventually found himself in Japan and out of professional baseball (playing in the minors) until a comeback in 2010 when Vogelsong signed with the Giants.
San Francisco declined his $6.5 million dollar option earlier this offseason, so it’s likely the incentives placed in Vogelsong’s deal will be relatively difficult to reach and he’ll get a smaller base salary, which is currently unknown.