Blue Jays sign designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach

Daniel Vogelbach (D. Benjamin Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

According to Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach to a one year contract worth $2 million. Vogelbach is actually returning to the Blue Jays as he played there during the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season. He has also played five seasons with the Seattle Mariners from 2016 to 2020, two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020 and 2021, one season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2022, and two seasons with the New York Mets in 2022 and 2023.

Vogelbach actually signed the contract a month ago. However, it was only guaranteed if he made the Blue Jays roster. On Sunday, Vogelbach found out he made the Blue Jays team.

In 2023 with the Mets, Vogelbach batted .233 with 13 home runs and 48 runs batted in. During 104 games, 275 at bats and 319 plate appearances, he scored 33 runs, and had 64 hits, eight doubles, 42 walks, 111 total bases, an on base percentage of .339 and a slugging percentage of .404.

Vogelbach was also an American League All-Star once in his career. He received the honour while with the Mariners in 2019. That season Vogelbach batted .208 with 30 home runs and 76 runs batted in. During 144 games, 462 at bats, and 558 plate appearances, he scored 73 runs, and had 96 hits, 17 doubles, 92 walks, 203 total bases, two sacrifice flies, an on base percentage of .341 and a slugging percentage of .439. The sacrifice flies came in two Mariners wins over the Kansas City Royals. The first came in a 6-5 Mariners win over the Royals on April 10, 2019 and in an 8-2 Mariners win over the Royals on June 19, 2019.

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