Acquired in a mid-season trade of the Pirates, Vogelbach cut a solid .255/.393/.436 in New York to end his 2022 season with a collective line of .238/.360/.433 with 18 homers between the two teams. Interestingly, Vogelbach spent the 2022 season as a full-time DH, recording just five innings at first base after playing more than 400 innings at the infield corner in 2021.
After a breakout year in 2019 with Seattle where he hit .208/.341/.439 with 30 homers and earned a trip to the All-Star Game, Vogelbach bounced back in the league, spending time with the Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates, and now the Mets. He’s largely become a squad player, hitting .261/.382/.497 against right-handed pitchers in 2022, compared to .139/.262/.153 against left-handers.
Vogelbach, who still has an arbitration-eligible season past 2023, could become a trade candidate for the Mets, who currently have three other 1B/DH options on their 40-man roster in Darin Ruf, Dominique Smithand starter Pete Alonso. However, of the trio of substitutes, Vogelbach has had the strongest 2022 season and general manager Billy Eppler may choose to keep him as a left-handed bench bat.