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Blue Jays Make Two Roster Moves

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that infielder/outfielder Addison Barger has been called up to the team, while designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach has been removed from the roster. As a result, the team’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

For the second Friday in a row, the Blue Jays have replaced a struggling major league hitter with a player performing well in Triple-A in an effort to boost their offense.

Last week, they removed infielder/outfielder Cavan Biggio from the roster, who was later traded to the Dodgers, and brought up Spencer Horwitz. Now, Vogelbach is being replaced by Barger.

At 31, Vogelbach is a limited player, notably slow and defensively unreliable. Despite 154 games at first base, he hasn’t fielded since 2022. His left-handed power and keen batting eye are appealing, drawing walks in 15.1% of his 1,957 career plate appearances, far above the league’s 8.3% average.

Vogelbach’s 81 home runs include a 30-homer season in 2019, though recent results are poor. This year, after signing a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, he hit just .186/.278/.300 in 79 plate appearances. His high ground ball rate, despite strong exit velocity, contributed to his struggles.

The Jays, needing a change, replaced him with better-performing players like Horwitz and Barger, who offer more versatility and speed. Competing with Joey Votto for a spot, Vogelbach’s minor league success and Votto’s injury initially favored him. Now off the roster, the Jays have a week to trade or waive him.

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