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Blue Jays lose Daniel Vogelbach to the Brewers, DFA Smoak to make room

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: Daniel Vogelbach #42 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field on August 28, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: Daniel Vogelbach #42 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field on August 28, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers added Daniel Vogelbach at the cost of another former Blue Jays player.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers claimed Daniel Vogelbach off waivers from the Blue Jays. In order for the Brewers to free up a roster spot, they designated Justin Smoak for assignment.

The Blue Jays acquired Vogelbach for cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners on the  24th of August. The first-baseman garnered just five plate appearances with Toronto before the team surprisingly designated him for assignment.

The Brewers then designated a familiar face in Justin Smoak following the addition of Vogelbach. Smoak latched on with Milwaukee this offseason as a free agent but has struggled offensively this season with the Brew Crew.

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The 33-year old is hitting .186/.262/.381 with five home runs and 40 strikeouts in 33 games for the Brewers leading to his DFA. Smoak inked a one-year $4 million dollar pact with Milwaukee that included a team option for 2021 with a million dollar buyout.

Smoak spent five years north of the border and sported a .237 average with 117 homers and a 5.6 WAR in 684 games with the Blue Jays. Vogelbach appears poised to take over the first base responsibilities from Smoak as the team goes in a new direction.

In other former Jays related news, the Chicago White Sox also outrighted infielder Ryan Goins to their alternate site. Thus far this season, Goins is hitless in ten plate appearances over 14 games. At this stage of his career, Goins is nothing more than a late-inning replacement especially for a contending team like the White Sox.

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The Vogelbach era in Toronto is a bit of a head-scratcher, however, it seemed like a redundant move with Rowdy Tellez still in the fold. After a busy trade deadline, the brain trust needed to roster spots for their new acquisitions, and Vogelbach drew the short straw. Feels like we barely knew ya Volgy.

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