Ryan Vogelsong asks for, granted release by Twins

Ryan Vogelsong asks for, granted release by Twins

Editor's Note: The above video is from the Giants' 2012 World Series parade.

Ryan Vogelsong's quest to make the Twins' Opening Day rotation has come to an end.

And it's by his own volition.

The former Giants All-Star asked to be released on Tuesday, and Minnesota granted his request.

Twins manager Paul Molitor made the announcement to the media after Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

"We talked with Ryan this morning and it was one of those hard conversations to have. I can't say enough about what he brought to the camp. I've had multiple players come in here and tell me about how guys like him and [Matt] Belisle made their camp," Molitor said via MLB.com.

The 39-year-old Vogelsong made five appearances for the Twins this spring, but did not have much success. In 8.2 innings, he allowed 12 hits, seven earned runs and walked five.

"We felt like we had a few people in front of him in terms of that rotation situation. Out of respect to him, we wanted to give him time to see what else is out there with other clubs in terms of opportunities," Molitor said.

 

Reports: Ex-A's catcher Suzuki agrees to deal with NL East team

Reports: Ex-A's catcher Suzuki agrees to deal with NL East team

Kurt Suzuki is headed back to the National League.

After three seasons in the American League with the Twins, the former A's backstop has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves.

News of the agreement was first reported by SB Nation.

Suzuki will reportedly make $1.5 million, according to Fox Sports. He has a chance to make an addition $2.5 million in incentives.

The 33-year-old Suzuki was drafted by the A's in the second round of 2004 MLB Draft. He made his debut with Oakland in 2007 and was the starting catcher until a 2012 trade to Washington. A year later, the Nationals traded Suzuki back to the A's for the final five weeks of the season.

Prior to the 2014 season, Suzuki signed with Twins. In three seasons with Minnesota, Suzuki hit .263/.316/.364 with 75 doubles, 16 home runs and 160 RBI.

Suzuki will likely serve as a back-up to catcher Tyler Flowers.

Report: Vogelsong agrees to minor league deal with AL Central team

Report: Vogelsong agrees to minor league deal with AL Central team

UPDATE (10:25am on Friday) -- Vogelsong's minor league deal reportedly includes a $1 million base if he is added to the team's active roster and could earn him as much as $3.5 million if he makes 30 starts, according to the Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino.

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After spending his entire 12-year MLB career in the National League, Ryan Vogelsong is headed to the AL.

The former Giants pitcher has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Vogelsong will receive an invite to major league spring training, according to the report.

The 39-year-old Vogelsong spent the 2016 season with the Pirates. In 24 appearances, he posted a 4.81 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 82.1 innings.

Drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 1998 MLB Draft, returned to San Francisco in 2011 after spending three years playing Japan. In his first year back in the big leagues, Vogelsong was selected to the All-Star team. He was part of the Giants' teams that won the World Series in 2012 and 2014.

In 289 career appearances, Vogelsong has a 4.48 ERA over 1,190 innings.

Giants fans may get a chance to see Vogelsong in June as the Twins visit AT&T Park for a three-game set from the 9th through the 11th.