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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 rumors: Live Winter Meetings free agency, trade news on Day 3

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MLB rumors: Live Winter Meetings free agency, trade news on Day 3

Baseball fans waiting for big deals should stay glued to the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings on Wednesday.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain free agents, and the Dodgers still have their surplus of outfielders, but it only takes one major move for the dominoes to fall. Those deals typically happen as the Winter Meetings close, if past years are any indication.

[RELATED: News, rumors on Day 2 of the MLB Winter Meetings]

As for the Bay Area teams, the Giants reportedly are less likely to trade Madison Bumgarner now, but they're possibly seeking help at second base and at catcher. The A's have made some minor moves, but they desparately need starting pitching, so is this the day they'll find it?

Keep it here throughout Day 3 of the Winter Meetings for the latest live news, rumors and trade chatter from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It could be a busy one.

7:15 a.m. PT: We have our first deal of the day ... well, reportedly, at least. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Yankees have an agreement with lefty J.A. Happ.

Financial details were not immediately known, but Happ's signing takes one top-end starter off the market. Might the dominoes start to fall on the mound for the A's? Wednesday is typically the busiest day of the year, and we'll have your updates if they do. 

MLB rumors: Live 2018 Winter Meetings news, trade talk, updates on Day 2

MLB rumors: Live 2018 Winter Meetings news, trade talk, updates on Day 2

Executives and agents arrived Monday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings, but they didn't do much on Day 1.

[RELATED: News, rumors on Day 1 of the MLB Winter Meetings]

That's sure to change Tuesday, as teams continue conversations that might allow them to alter their rosters, through signings and/or trades. Both Bay Area teams could be busy: The Giants, under new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, have confirmed their interest in adding two more outfielders, and the A's are focused on starting pitchers, along with depth at catcher and second base.

Now, it's time to see what deals will be struck. Keep it here throughout Day 2 of the Winter Meetings for the latest live news, rumors and trade chatter.

11:05 p.m. PT: The Giants are looking to add in the outfield, and two pretty big names are reportedly available at the Winter Meetings: Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ender Inciarte.

Both players are coming off of down years offensively, but Inciarte remained an elite defender in 2018 with 17 defensive runs saved in the outfield, according to Fangraphs. The Giants have a need, and both players are available, so keep your eyes on these two as the Winter Meetings proceed.

10:58 p.m. PT: The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly shopping first baseman/outfielder Jose Martinez, and they reached out to the Giants, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman.

Martinez was a bit of a late-bloomer, playing a career-high 152 games in his age-29 season. He slashed .305/.364/.457 in 2018, and hit 17 home runs. The Giants are reportedly drawing interest on Brandon Belt, so could Martinez be his replacement? 

10:44 p.m. PT: It was reported on Monday that the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking to deal some of their outfielders. Two of those names, reportedly, are ones Giants fans love to hate.

8:53 p.m. PT: Openers on both sides of the Bay? The Giants are exploring following the A's lead, and using relievers to start certain games in 2019. 

8:10 p.m. PT: If you want to #GorkTheVote in 2019, you'll have to vote for a Boston Red Sox outfielder, as Gorkys Hernandez reportedly signed a minor-league deal with the defending champs. 

Hernandez was out of options with the Giants and, as Alex Pavlovic noted in a piece on Monday, his .285 on-base percentage fell short of what the new regime was looking for. 

“One area that we want to look at is improving the offense from a plate discipline standpoint, even something as basic as the walk-strikeout ratio of the guys on the team,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Monday. 

7:58 p.m. PT: Another option for the A's at second base? Veteran Ian Kinsler, per MLB Network's Jon Morosi. 

7:02 p.m. PT: As Madison Bumgarner trade rumors continue to swirl, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that MadBum is likely to stay put ... at least for now.

Coming off two injury-marred seasons and with only one year left on his contract, Bumgarner's market is hard to quantify. Rather than trade him now, the Giants could be better served hoping their ace lefthander rebuilds his value with a strong start to 2019 before trading him at the July 31 deadline. 

6:46 p.m. PT: After using "openers" to start games became popular last season, new Giants president Farhan Zaidi says San Francisco has discussed the idea as a strategy for their 2019 team.

Many teams, including Zaidi's former club in LA, used the "opener" strategy to various degrees of success in the 2018 playoffs. It'll be interesting to see if Zaidi can convince old-school manager Bruce Bochy to utilize it for the Giants.

6:06 p.m. PT: The Orioles have reportedly found their manager...maybe. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the O's hired former Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde to lead their club.

However, Baltimore GM Mike Elias denied that the team has made any hires, per MASN's Roch Kubatko.

After going an MLB-worst 47-115 in 2018, the Orioles are facing a massive rebuild--regardless of who ends up managing the club.

4:42 p.m. PT: Yasiel Puig to ... Cincinnati? That's a real possibility, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman and The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow wouldn't mind seeing Puig in San Francisco, but he doesn't think that's a real possibility. 

4:20 p.m. PT: A's general manager David Forst said Monday that "you don't ever make it your goal to actually do something" at the Winter Meetings, but he may be contradicting his own advice.

Oakland announced its first signing of the Winter Meetings: Catcher Chris Herrmann. 

They also appear to be headed in a different direction at second base, according to NBC Sports California's Ben Ross. One possible name? Bay-Area native Troy Tulowitzki.

11:58 a.m. PT: Andrew McCutchen just got PAID! According to multiple reports, Cutch will get a three-year contract worth $50 million from the Phillies. The deal will also include a club option.

11:30 a.m. PT: The Red Sox just won the World Series, and now they want to shed some payroll. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, some rival executives are wondering if Boston will try to move former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.

Would the Giants or A's be interested in Porcello? With his $21.125 million salary for 2019, it's not likely either would be able to add him without the Red Sox kicking in some money.

11:22 a.m. PT: Is Andrew McCutchen headed back to Pennsylvania? According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have expressed interest in signing the former Giants outfielder.

11:11 a.m. PT: The A's loved having veteran Jonathan Lucroy as their backstop this past season, but it's possible they could be looking for an upgrade in 2019. Could that mean a run at Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto?

11:04 a.m. PT: The Pirates and White Sox made their trade official. Right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova is going to Chicago, while 19-year-old right-handed pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in internation signing bonus pool money will go to Pittsburgh.

10:03 a.m. PT: Does Jerry Dipoto sleep? A little more than a week after acquiring Carlos Santana from the Phillies, the Mariners GM reportedly talked to the Marlins about the first baseman/designated hitter last week.

9:58 a.m. PT: We have an arms race in the AL Central! OK, maybe not.

But one day after the Tigers added Tyson Ross, the White Sox reportedly will acquire Ivan Nova from the Pirates.

9:26 a.m. PT: On Monday night, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters that he let Hunter Strickland go in part because of the depth in the bullpen. But The Athletic's Mark Saxon is reporting that the Giants are receiving a lot of calls on left-hander Will Smith.

9:22 a.m. PT: With Patrick Corbin off the market, lefty JA Happ is one of the top free-agent starting pitchers still available. Happ's decision could come soon if he receives a three-year offer.

9:21 a.m. PT: While the Phillies pursue top free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, they reportedly are trying to beef up their pitching staff.

8:14 a.m. PT: Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar finished second on the AL Rookie of the Year voting, but he might not get a second season in the Bronx. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Andujar could be moved in a potential blockbuster deal with the Mets and Marlins. If the Yankees traded Andujar, that could open the door for them to sign free agent Manny Machado.

7:06 a.m. PT: The Yankees might be serious about their pursuit of shortstop Manny Machado. On Monday, GM Brian Cashman said he has spoken several times with Machado's agent. Now, they reportedly have reached out to former Orioles manager Buck Showalter for his thoughts on the Machado.

The Yankees are showing great hustle in their background work on Machado ...

7:03 a.m. PT: Late on Monday night, rumors started to swirl that the Mets, Yankees and Marlins were working on a blockbuster trade that would send catcher J.T. Realmuto to Queens, All-Star starter Noah Syndergaard to the Bronx and prospects to Miami.

But the Marlins are downplaying that potential deal, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

6:57 a.m. PT: With Patrick Corbin officially signed, the Nationals might look to move starter Tanner Roark. According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, Washington has talked to several teams about a deal for Roark, who is projected to make $9.8 million in arbitration.

Could Roark be a fit with the A's? They need several starters to fill out the rotation, and the teams have made a lot of trades over the last decade. Stay tuned ...