The Blue Jays designated Daniel Vogelbach for assignment just a week after trading for him.
With the flurry of trades the Toronto Blue Jays made leading up to the trade deadline, players would have had to been optioned to the alternate site or designated for assignment. As the Jays needed to make room for recent acquisitions in Jonathan Villar, Robbie Ray, and Ross Stripling, three players were going to lose their jobs which turned out to be Sam Gaviglio, Brandon Drury, and Daniel Vogelbach.
On August 23, the Jays made a trade for Vogelbach who was recently designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners before being traded. In return for Vogelbach, the Jays gave up cash, and how much they gave up will never be revealed.
Fast forward to eight days later, Vogelbach finds himself being designated for assignment again by a different team in the Jays. What was even the point of trading for him if this was going to be the endpoint?
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At first, when the trade was made, it created some confusion as to why the Jays traded for him. My colleague Chris Henderson wrote a piece on why it was confusing which you can take a look at by clicking on this sentence.
To make things quick and short, the Jays have a very similar type of player that Vogelbach is in Rowdy Tellez. Both players are known for their size which gives them the power and the ability to drive the ball out of the yard. Both players are also limited to first base/designated hitter duties and that’s it.
While it’s great to have one player like that as it would be beneficial in a time where a big hit is needed, why have two of those type of players? It also doesn’t help with the fact that first base is currently occupied by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.which would leave one or even both on the bench.
While the return of cash considerations is close to nothing nor does it affect Rogers (remember Rogers Corporation is the owner of the Blue Jays) at all whatsoever, it still seemed like a pretty useless move.
Whatever the motive behind this move was, the Daniel Vogelbach experiment I guess you can call it, was very short. He lasted just two games while getting five trips to the plate, reaching base just once via a walk.
Hopefully, this kid can get a shot with another major league ball club where he can showcase his power.