The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired slugger Daniel Vogelbach from the Seattle Mariners.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have acquired Daniel Vogelbach in exchange for cash considerations. The team also confirmed the deal on Twitter, however, it is still unknown what his current role with the team will entail.
The 27-year old first-baseman hit 30 home runs last season for the Mariners but has struggled out of the gate thus far this season. In 18 games, Vogelbach is hitting just .094 with a pair of homers and 13 strikeouts in 64 plate appearances
Vogelbach was originally drafted in the second round of the 2011 amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs. He was later dealt to Seattle along with Paul Blackburn for Jordan Montgomery and Jordan Pries in 2016.
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Vogelbach has always been known for light-tower power and finally reached his power potential last season swatting 30 and making the All-Star team. His power is a double-edged sword as he also has the propensity to strikeout in bunches. In 2019, Vogelbach slashed .208/.341/.439 with 149 whiffs.
In 223 MLB games, Vogelbach is a career .196/.326/.397 with 36 home runs and 203 strikeouts in 768 plate appearances with the Mariners.
The trade is somewhat of a headscratcher in terms of where Vogelbach will fit in on the current roster. He is a first baseman/ designated hitter, however, the Blue Jays have both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Rowdy Tellez holding down those current spots.
The team may be shopping Tellez in order to secure some starting pitching which was rumoured to be a priority at the trade deadline. The team has been hampered with a rash of injuries of late as Matt Shoemaker, Nate Pearson and Trent Thornton have all been placed on the injured reserve.
The Blue Jays currently sit third in the AL East with a 13-13 record thus far in the pandemic shortened season.