Mets, Pirates Swap Daniel Vogelbach, Colin Holderman

5:48 p.m. The Mets announced the deal.

5:37 p.m. Pittsburgh is a receiving reliever Colin Holderman in return, Heyman reports (on Twitter:).

5:36 p.m. The Mets are acquiring designated hitter/first baseman Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates, tweets: Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Twitter link:) first reported the sides were nearing a deal that would send Vogelbach to Queens.

New York has been on the hunt for another addition to the lineup. Team president Sandy Alderson told the New York Post last week they were seeking an upgrade at designated hitter. Vogelbach has emerged in various reports over the past few days as a target, although Heyman adds: that New York is still looking to add offense over the next ten days.

Vogelbach had a decent showing over his three months in the Steel City. Pittsburgh signed the burly left-handed hitter to a modest $1MM guarantee during Spring Training. That takes the form of an $800K salary, a little less than half of which remains to be paid out, and at least a $200K buyout on a $1.5MM club option for next season.

That option price looks more than reasonable given how Vogelbach has performed this season. The 29-year-old has tallied 278 plate appearances across 75 games, hitting .228/.338/.430 with 12 home runs. It’s not an impressive batting average, but he’s walking at a massive 14.4% clip and hitting for strong power production. By measure of wRC+, Vogelbach’s production has been 18 percentage points above the league average after accounting for the Bucs pitcher-friendly home ballpark.

That kind of production is about par for the course for Vogelbach. This season’s .228 average is a career high, but he’s walked in more than 15% of his career trips and typically posts above-average power numbers. His 30-homer season in 2019 looks like a bit of an outlier, but Vogelbach is a career .234/.358/.459 hitter against right-handed pitching. He’s done nothing against southpaws (career .137/.258/.230 line), but he’ll add a left-handed platoon option to the mix for manager Buck Showalter.

More to come.


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