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Giants signed 1B/OF John Bowker to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old has spent the past three seasons playing in Japan where he slashed .239/.294/.420 with 24 homers and 78 RBI in 239 games. He represents nothing more than organizational depth for the Giants.
Jan 24 - 2:22 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Friday that Yusmeiro Petit will be utilized in a "super reliever" role in 2015.

That means that as long as Tim Hudson is healthy and ready to go, Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum will compete for the Giants fifth and final rotation spot. Petit has excelled as both a starter and reliever, and should have plenty of opportunities in both facets this season.
Jan 23 - 7:25 PM

Giants re-signed RHP Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year, $4 million contract.

He'll have the chance to earn more through incentives. Vogelsong chose the Giants over the Astros even though he'll likely enter the season as a long reliever if Matt Cain (elbow) and Tim Hudson (ankle) progress as hoped. The 37-year-old held a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 32 starts with the defending champs last year.
Jan 23 - 5:05 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Ryan Vogelsong has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants, pending a physical.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle says it's worth $4 million plus performance incentives. Vogelsong chose comfortability over role here, as he looks like, at best, the Giants' sixth starter, whereas he would've had a good shot to be the Astros' No. 5 man. The veteran right-hander will provide protection with both Matt Cain (elbow) and Tim Hudson (ankle) working their way back from surgery.
Jan 23 - 11:11 AM

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it looks like a deal between the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong "will happen."

It's expected to be a one-year deal. Vogelsong was said to be in serious talks with the Astros, but he apparently had a change of heart at some point. The Giants have been on the lookout for another starter, so it makes sense that they are going in a familiar direction.
Jan 22 - 4:18 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Astros have not been told that they're out of the running for free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Wednesday night that Vogelsong had shifted course on the Astros after meeting with team officials Monday in Texas and was suddenly engaged in serious negotiations with the Giants. But that message apparently wasn't relayed to Houston. Vogelsong, 37, will likely have to settle for a one-year contract wherever he lands.
Jan 22 - 10:58 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears Ryan Vogelsong is in "serious discussions" with the Giants.

That's quite a 180-degree turn from a day ago when most people assumed Vogelsong and the Astros would strike a one-year deal. Tim Hudson recently needed another right ankle surgery and Matt Cain is returning from an elbow procedure, so the 37-year-old Vogelsong may be given another chance in San Francisco. Vogelsong had a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 32 starts with the defending champs last year.
Jan 21 - 10:35 PM

The Giants remain in contact with Ryan Vogelsong, according to Chris Haft of

Vogelsong's agent, Dave Meier, said he's maintained contact with the Giants on Vogelsong's behalf. His client was also reportedly in Houston recently, and reports had the Astros interested as well. Vogelsong, 37, will likely find a one-year deal wherever he lands.
Jan 21 - 9:16 PM

Giants designated 2B Marco Scutaro for assignment.

The Giants needed a spot on the 40-man roster for recently-signed outfielder Norichika Aoki. Scutaro underwent fusion surgery on his back in December, forcing him to the sidelines for most of the 2015 season. The 39-year-old is owed $6 million in the last year of his three-year contract. Scutaro may have trouble prolonging his major league career once he's healthy given his age.
Jan 21 - 12:31 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Ryan Vogelsong's potential deal with the Astros would be for one year.

That's what you'd expect, given that Vogelsong will turn 38 in the middle of next season. The right-hander was in Houston on Monday to take a physical and left town without officially agreeing to a deal, but the feeling is that something will get done. Vogelsong posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 32 starts last season for the Giants.
Jan 20 - 8:34 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Norichika Aoki could bat leadoff at times in 2015.

Angel Pagan will enter spring training as the Giants' primary leadoff hitter, but Bochy told reporters that he and his staff are open to using Aoki if he proves to be the better option. Aoki, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract with San Francisco last week, owns a .353 career on-base percentage in 438 major league games. Pagan's career OBP is .334.
Jan 20 - 4:18 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Astros and Ryan Vogelsong are hopeful for a deal and working through some final steps.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the two sides were in "serious discussions" and Vogelsong is in Houston, so it sounds like some mere formalities are in the way of making the deal official. No word yet on the terms involved.
Jan 20 - 9:47 AM

Brian McTaggart of reports that free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was in Houston on Monday.

The Astros are reportedly in "serious discussions" with Vogelsong and this suggests that he could be in town for a pre-signing physical. However, the free agent starter told McTaggart that he isn't ready to comment on the situation. Vogelsong, 38, posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 32 starts last season for the Giants. If signed, he would join Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Scott Feldman, and Brett Oberholtzer in Houston's rotation.
Jan 20 - 8:44 AM

Giants signed OF Norichika Aoki to a one-year, $4 million contract with a club option for 2016.

The option is for $5.5 million and Aoki has the chance to earn $1.5 million per year in incentives, so the contract could potentially max out at $12.5 million. The former Royal batted .285/.349/.360 last season with 17 steals, though he hit just one homer. The power doesn't figure to rebound at AT&T Park, but Aoki is a good bet for a nice average and decent stolen bases total. He'll be the Giants' main left fielder.
Jan 19 - 8:03 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are in "serious discussions" with Ryan Vogelsong.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle first reported of the Astros' interest in Vogelsong on Sunday, and it appears that they could be closing in on a deal. Houston just acquired Dan Straily to presumably slide into the No. 5 spot in the rotation, but it looks like they're going to add another arm to the mix. Vogelsong put up a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 32 starts last season for the Giants.
Jan 19 - 6:42 PM

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