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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.

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

The Giants have three relievers whom other MLB teams covet.

Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson all have been mentioned in trade rumors this month. But a problem has come up.

The Giants broke out of the All-Star break on fire and have put themselves in the middle of the NL wild-card race. Their hot streak almost certainly will delay Farhan Zaidi's decision to buy or sell.

If Zaidi is forced to wait, the market could be flooded with options for teams, driving down the price.

As ESPN's Buster Olney writes, that could hurt the return the Giants receive for Smith, Watson and/or Dyson:

"Some executives believe that by the time we get to the last hours before the trade deadline, there will be a lot of starting pitchers and relievers available, and if that's the case, then it could depress the possible return that the Giants or any other seller would get. It's possible, one evaluator indicated, that if San Francisco decided to unload some relievers, it might get offered Grade C prospects."

Zaidi reportedly had hoped to use the trio of relievers and ace Madison Bumgarner to replenish the Giants' farm system. But now, it's not certain that the Giants will be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. If they do indeed decide to sell, it most likely will come after their two upcoming series with the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres.

[RELATED: Bumgarner could reject trade to stay]

But by then, it might be too late for Zaidi to acquire the top prospects he covets.

MLB rumors: Madison Bumgarner could reject trade to stay with Giants

MLB rumors: Madison Bumgarner could reject trade to stay with Giants

With their recent surge in the standings, Farhan Zaidi and the Giants are in a tough spot.

Do they cash in trade chips such as Madison Bumgarner and restock their farm system? Or do they hang on to the 2014 World Series MVP and make a push for an NL wild-card spot?

Zaidi isn’t ready to answer that, as he mentioned before the Giants' 3-2 12-inning win over the Mets on Sunday.

But what about another crazy option? What if Zaidi agrees to trade Bumgarner to another team before the July 31 deadline and Bumgarner envokes his power to reject the deal?

ESPN's Buster Olney, citing a source, reported Sunday that that certainly is a possibility.

"In light of the Giants' recent surge, one source says he wouldn't be shocked if Bumgarner turned down a deal just to continue to be part of something he loves for the rest of his deal," Olney writes. "He could use the no-trade clause to extract some cash out of the Giants -- a going-away present, you could call it, a final chunk of change for a player who has been worth far more to the franchise than he has been paid during his time in San Francisco."

Back in May, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that Bumgarner has eight teams on his no-trade clause: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

Following his last start, Bumgarner was asked about the trade rumors surrounding him, and he made it clear his only goal is to win games for the Giants.

"I don't give a s--t," Bumgarner said. "I'm here to win games for this team, and that's what we're doing."

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In the moment, he meant that as a short-term goal. But what if Bumgarner really meant he doesn't want to leave?

Olney's latest reporting certainly puts that thinking on the table.