Sep 21, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants sign two players, close to re-signing Vogelsong

The San Francisco Giants who declined a $6.5 million dollar option for right handed starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, are moving toward a deal to re-sign him according to Henry Schulman on Twitter.

The Giants do want him back but for less than the $6.5 million he would have received. It makes sense after the 36 year old righty posted a 5.73 ERA and a 67/38 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings of work this season. Not quite sure if he’ll have the final spot in the rotation on lock once he re-signs, but he’ll definitely have an opportunity to compete for the it.

While the Giants figure out what they’re going to offer Vogelsong, the team went ahead and added a couple players to their roster.

First guy up is three year infielder Brandon Hicks. Hicks is a third round pick by the Atlanta Braves back in 2007. He’s someone who can play both shortstop and third base so he could come in handy for the Giants somewhere down the road.

In his three years, he’s seen 90 at bats through 55 games and holds a batting average of .133 with three home runs and eight RBI’s. After spending some time with the Atlanta Braves organization, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics. He was later traded to the New York Mets but that didn’t last very long.

Second guy up is right handed pitcher Erik Cordier to agree’d to a one year contract. The 27 year old reliever made 44 appearances at the Triple-A level for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. He posted a 4.58 ERA and a 65/28 K/BB ratio over 53 innings of work.

He’ll be given a shot to pick up a bullpen job.

The Giants also claimed left handed pitcher Jose De Paula off waivers from the San Diego Padres. He was recently removed from their 40-man roster. The 23 year old lefty put up a 3.86 ERA and 57/11 K/BB ratio over 74 2/3 innings of work with Double-A San Antonio.

They also designated catcher Johnny Monell and outfielder Francisco Peguero for assignment. Monell was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for De Paula. He’s a 27 year old catcher who recorded one hit in eight at bats. He hit .275/.364/.494 across the line with 20 home runs at the Triple-A level.

Peguero, 25, batted .207/.233/.345 in just 29 at bats this season.

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