The Giants reportedly agreed to a one-year contract to bring veteran picher Ryan Vogelsong back to San Francisco Friday morning, and broadcaster Mike Krukow is in full support.
"I like the fact that Vogelsong is coming back," Krukow said Friday morning on KNBR 680-AM. "He can pitch. He doesn't have to have great stuff to beat you."
San Francisco already has a five-man rotation complete with a long-man, so it's unclear at this point how Vogelsong would factor into the mix.
"I do believe he's a safety net," Krukow said. "You don't win with five starters, you win with six or seven. ... Given the age and medical history of the Giants staff, ... they're gonna miss starts."
Vogelsong provides an All-Star arm with versatility. A starter by trade, Vogelsong could eat innings should the team need early relief.
"Bringing him back solves a lot of problems," Krukow said. "I do believe they are stockpiling some guys with some experience should someone go down, and I think you need to do that with this group of guys."
The 37-year-old went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA and 151 strikeouts to 58 walks last year, making 32 starts for the Giants. Since returning to San Francisco in 2011, Vogelsong is 39-35 with a 3.74 ERA in 110 starts over four seasons.