The Mets and Pirates swapped a pair of top leagues. New York announced that it has landed the designated hitter/first baseman Daniel Fogelbach From Bucs, trade savior Colin Holdman In a one-on-one deal.
New York was looking for another addition to the lineup. Team boss Sandy Alderson told the New York Post last week that they are seeking a promotion in the designated hitter. Vogelbach has appeared in various reports over the past few days as a target, despite Heyman Add That New York is still looking to add insult to injury over the next ten days.
Vogelbach did well during his three months in Steel City. Pittsburgh signed the powerful left hitter with a modest $1 million guarantee during spring training. This takes the form of an $800,000 salary, just under half of which remains payable, and at least $200,000 for the club’s $1.5 million option for next season. That option price seems more than reasonable given Vogelbach’s performance this season, and he will still be eligible to judge in the 2024 campaign as well.
The 29-year-old has made 278 appearances for the board in 75 games, posting .228/.338/.430 with 12 home runs. It’s not an impressive hit rate, but it does run at a whopping 14.4% and hits to produce powerful power. As measured by the wRC+ metric, Vogelbach’s output was 18 percentage points higher than the league average after accounting for Bucs’ suitable shooting range at home.
This type of production fits with the Vogelbach track. His 0.228 average this season is the highest of his career, but he’s walked over 15% of his career trips and usually posts above-average power numbers. His 30-man season in 2019 feels a little weird, but Vogelbach is his .234/.358/.459 hitter against the right pitch. It did nothing against southpaws (career .137/.258/.230 lines), but it would add a left-handed platoon option to the Director Buck Showalter mix.
The Vogelbach pickup is the strongest indication of the Mets’ plan to move from at least one Dominic Smith He went J.D. Davis. The first, as a left-handed bat, appears to be the player with the most displacement from Vogelbach’s addition. New York has already discussed Smith with teams like the Red Sox and Cubs, and SNY’s Andy Martino wrote this morning that they are looking forward to engaging with him before the August 2 trading deadline. Smith made it onto the 10-day injured list yesterday, but he could still be traded even if he hasn’t been back on the field before then.
As for Bucs, they will add a controllable arm that can directly enter the main league arena. Holderman, 26, made his league debut earlier this season. He threw 17 2/3 innings from 2.04 ERA balls, achieving above average on 26.9% of hits while batting 12.4% of his showings. Holderman distributed quite a few free passes, but averaged about 96 mph on his weight and had strong swing hit numbers in the cutter slider in the mid-1980s.
Holderman also did well in Triple-A, spreading 2.51 ERAs through 14 1/3 frames. The previous ninth-round pick had encouraged over 30% of the opponents in the juniors, spurring the balls off with a whopping 63.6% clip. He’s also shown much better throwing acumen in Triple-A than he’s in the big league level so far, making him an interesting top-tier addition to Bucs.
Holdman was only in his first three years in the minor league, so the Buccaneers could freely move him between Pittsburgh and Triple A Indianapolis for the next doubles season. He won’t reach refereeing eligibility until after the 2024 season at the earliest, and future optional appointments could set that path back even further.
Jason McKee from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The first to report that the pirates approached a deal to send Vogelbach to the Mets. John Heyman from the New York Post He was the first to report the deal that was agreed, and he was first to report The pirate will receive Holderman in return.
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