Pirates sign free agent Ryan Vogelsong

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year contract for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Vogelsong went 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA (135.0ip/70er) in 33 appearances (22 starts) last year as a member of the San Francisco Giants. He posted an 8-10 record and a 4.50 ERA in his 22 starting assignments, going 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA when pitching 6.0 innings or more.

The 38-year-old Vogelsong produced career highs in wins (14), innings pitched (189.2) and strikeouts (158) in 2012 while capturing his first of two World Championships with the Giants. He was a 2011 National League All-Star and represented the United States in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Vogelsong spent six seasons (2001-2006) in the Pittsburgh organization after being acquired in a trade with the Giants on July 30, 2001.

Vogelsong also spent three years (2007-2009) pitching in Japan and split the 2010 campaign between the Philadelphia and Los Angeles (AL) organizations before signing a minor league deal with the Giants on December 28, 2010.

In 265 career Major League games (165 starts), Vogelsong has gone 58-68 with a 4.45 ERA. In addition, he has posted a 3-0 record and 2.92 ERA in eight games (seven starts) during the postseason.