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Giants' Ryan Vogelsong signs $5 million, 1-year contract

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during game 6 of the NLCS in San Francisco on Oct. 21, 2012. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

SAN FRANCISCO — Once Ryan Vogelsong got over the hurt and frustration that followed when the Giants declined his option last month, the pitcher realized he still wanted to stay put in San Francisco.

"Being mad never gets anything accomplished," he said Wednesday.

Vogelsong is right back where he wanted to be all along, with the ability to still do nearly as well financially, too. He finalized his $5 million, one-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday after passing his physical — a month after the club didn't pick up his $6.5 million contract option for 2014. San Francisco owed him a $300,000 buyout.

Now, his new deal includes performance bonuses for starts and innings pitched.

"This whole deal really isn't about ego and money for me," Vogelsong said. "This game never has been about that. It's about being the best pitcher I can be and winning baseball games."

While it seemed early in free agency the sides might go their separate ways, they found common ground.

"First and foremost our intent wasn't necessarily to part ways with Vogey," general manager Brian Sabean said. "I knew in my heart we would, as things go, find a way to work out a way to get him back under a different contract scenario, and that's exactly what happened."

Vogelsong is eager to forget the frustration of last season and begin fresh in a place and clubhouse where he already feels comfortable.

"Obviously when the option got declined, I was upset and more hurt than anything else," Vogelsong said. "After taking a couple days and gathering myself and reading between the lines a little bit personally, at the end of the day I felt San Francisco and this family was the best place for me and for Nicole and we were going to try to do what we needed to do to make this work and get back here."

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.

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