Toronto Blue Jays Sign Another DH

After starting the off-season making a potential $700 million offer to Shohei Ohtani, the Toronto Blue Jays have seemed afraid to offer anybody any money ever since. Their latest free agent signing is another low-cost bit player who may or may not help on a limited basis.

Insider Jon Heyman reported Saturday morning that it’s a $2 million deal for Daniel Vogelbach, if he sticks with the major league club.

The curious move gives the Blue Jays a potential eight players on the roster who could rotate through the DH spot: Justin Turner, George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero, Isaiah Kiner-Filefa, Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk, and Craig Biggio.

The 6-foot, 270-pound Vogelbach will presumably only be used as a DH or pinch-hitting option vs. right-handed pitching. As noted by Toronto beat writer Ben Nicholson-Smith, in 2023, the New York Mets used him almost exclusively against righties, and he posted a .780 OPS against them, with a career .814 OPS vs. RHP. 

Vogelbach isn’t known for his athleticism, to say the least, and hasn’t played a single inning in the field in four of the past six MLB seasons, and none since three years ago (and that was only 5 innings). Naturally, the more cynical contingent of Jays followers are ridiculing the signing of the.. ahem.. hefty DH.

(Note: the comedic views indicated in the above are those of the posters, and not necessarily condoned by Baseball Rumors.)

This is Vogelbach’s second go-round in Toronto, as he was with the Jays in the shortened 2020 season for a grand total of two games and four at-bats.

Across eight seasons, the 31-year-old has a total of 80 home runs in just over 1500 at-bats, with an ability to draw walks, as he sports an impressive .342 on-base percentage and an OPS+ of 108.

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