How does Daniel Vogelbach fit into the Blue Jays’ plans?

The Blue Jays made a trade yesterday, though it wasn’t the one anybody expected.

While all the talk had been about how the team needed to acquire some starting pitching depth, the Jays went out and acquired slugger Daniel Vogelbach from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for cash considerations.
Vogelbach, a lefty hitter who spends his time as a first baseman and designated hitter, had what appeared to be a breakout season in Seattle last year. He slashed a .208/.341/.439 line with 30 homers, earning him a nod to the American League All-Star team.
It was a tale of two seasons for Vogelbach last year, though. He carried a .883 OPS into the All-Star game and then went completely cold. From the beginning of August until the end of the season, Vogelbach slashed a paltry .143/.283/.278 line with just five homers over 159 plate appearances.
And then we have this season, which has been a complete disaster for the big slugger. Vogelbach reportedly showed up to Summer Camp 20 pounds heavier than he was in spring training. Over 18 games in 2020, he slashed a .094/.250/.226 line, ultimately resulting in him getting designated for assignment.
The one thing Vogelbach does have going for him is a good …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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