Mets acquire former All-Star Daniel Vogelbach from Pirates
On Friday, the New York Mets added a powerful bat as they acquired Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates. In exchange, the Mets are sending back Colin Holderman, according to MLB Insider Robert Murray.
The New York Mets are acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Colin Holderman, according to sources familiar with the situation.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 22, 2022
The Pirates were late to submit their starting lineup for Friday and now we know why.
Vogelbach has a ton of power from the left side, something the Mets could certainly make use of. Currently, the only everyday player for the Mets with any pop from that side of the plate Jeff McNeil. Both Eduardo Escobar and Francisco Lindor are switch hitters, but now the Mets have a power hitting first baseman/designated hitter.
Vogelbach was named to the 2019 National League All-Star team. That season he posted a career high 30 home runs to go along with 76 RBI, 73 runs and an astounding 92 walks. The walks help offset his porous .208 batting average for the Mariners.
He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Mariners. But in 2020, Vogelbach played for Seattle, Toronto and Milwaukee. Last year was his first year with the Pirates and he had become a fan favorite.
Vogelbach likely is going to be hitting in the best lineup of his career. The Mets have scored the fifth most runs in the majors this season entering play Friday night. Pete Alonso has provided plenty of power from the right side of the plate. Now New York’s lineup became a bit harder to match up against.
In return, the Mets shipped Holderman, a pitcher with whom they drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 draft. Holderman has thrown 17 and 2/3 innings in his pro career, allowing just two runs with 18 strikeouts.