The New York Mets acquired designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed reliever Colin Holderman. The teams announced the agreement on Twitter.
Vogelbach, 29, hit .228/.338/.430 (117 OPS+) with 12 homers in 75 games for the Pirates. Since the start of the pandemic, he’s hit .221/.341/.404 (105 OPS+) while appearing in games with four different teams: the Pirates, of course, as well as the Seattle Mariners, the Blue Jays of Toronto and Milwaukee Brewers.
Vogelbach experienced extreme platoon splits throughout his career. He is hit for an .817 OPS against right-handers and just a mark of .489 against left-handers. The Mets will likely view him as an upgrade over Dominic Smith, who has struggled since an apparent breakout effort in 2019. In other words, expect Vogelbach to curl up at DH with JD Davis. (Smith, for his part, has been on the block for years.)
The Mets entered Friday with a 58-35 regular season record, giving them a 2½-game National League East lead over the Atlanta Braves. The Mets begin the second half Friday night by hosting the San Diego Padres for three games.
In Holderman, 26, the Pirates catch a rookie right-handed reliever who has amassed a 2.04 ERA (200 ERA+) and 2.57 strikeout ratio in 17 innings. His game relies on sinkers and sliders/cutters, with the latter racking up a smell rate north of 40% so far in what is a small sample.
The Pirates, 39-54, will also start the second half of their schedule on Friday night playing three games against the Miami Marlins.