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Giants, Vogelsong agree to 1-year deal

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POSTED November 30, 2013 12:55 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday.

Assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the deal is pending a physical, expected to happen later next week.

The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong’s $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road during free agency. General manager Brian Sabean and Evans have been committed to keeping their pitching staff intact as best as possible, which they have done while also adding right-hander Tim Hudson on $23 million, two-year contract Nov. 19.

The 36-year-old Vogelsong is determined to come back strong in 2014 following a frustrating year.

He went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2-3 innings during an injury-shortened season. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand.

Vogelsong won 13 and 14 games the previous two seasons. The journeyman pitcher became one of baseball’s feel-good comeback stories in 2011, when he made the All-Star team after joining the Giants’ rotation first as a fill in for the injured Barry Zito.

Vogelsong had toiled through three seasons in the Japanese League before Triple-A stints in 2010 for the Phillies and Angels. In the Bay Area, Vogelsong became a front-line starter at last.

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