The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded DH Daniel Vogelbach to the New York Mets for 26-year-old right-handed relief pitcher Colin Holderman according to Jon Heyman.
Vogelbach from Pirates acquired for Holderman
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 22, 2022
Holderman debuted in the majors this season with the Mets, where he has a 2.04 ERA, a 2.26 FIP, a 1.01 WHIP and an 18:7 SO/BB ratio in 17.2 innings over 15 appearances. He pitched 14.1 innings in Triple-A this year, with a 2.51 ERA, an 0.84 WHIP and 17 strikeouts. He was a ninth round draft pick in 2016, who worked as a starter prior to last year. He stands 6’7″ and gets his fastball up to 99 MPH, with a swing-and-miss slider as his second pitch.
Vogelbach is hitting .228/.338/.430 in 75 games this season, with ten doubles, 12 homers and 40 walks in 278 plate appearances.
The Pirates are trading two full years of control with Vogelbach for six full seasons of control for Holderman, who will be short of a full year of service time at the end of this season. Both players are at 0.5 WAR this season according to Baseball-Reference.
Greg Allen has joined the Pirates to take the spot of Vogelbach today. They will need to make another move to get Holderman on the 26-man roster once he reports. Allen was on the 60-day IL, so to open up a 40-man roster spot, Michael Perez has been designated for assignment. Perez was originally in the starting lineup for Indianapolis today. Allen has been injured all season, so he will be making his Pirates debut.
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