Earlier this week, the Blue Jays pulled the plug on the Daniel Vogelbach experiment, designating the slugger for assignment after just five plate appearances with the team.
On Friday, Vogelbach was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers, who, in a corresponding roster move, designated our old friend Justin Smoak for assignment.
Brewers DFA Smoak, get Vogelbach, source tells The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 3, 2020
This is… a somewhat curious move.
Smoak certainly hasn’t been good in Milwaukee. He’s slashed a .186/.262/.381 line, which is his worst showing at the plate since the 2014 season, the year before he came to Toronto. But that’s still quite a bit better than Vogelbach’s hideous .088/.246/.211 line.
I would assume the play for Milwaukee here is to just grab a younger player in Vogelbach who has the potential to rebound, whereas they probably believe the 33-year-old Smoak is toast.
So, should the Blue Jays bring Smoak home? Could his big, veteran, lefty bat make a difference in the team’s lineup?
Probably not, unfortunately.
The most perplexing part of Smoak’s struggles at the plate this year is his low on-base numbers and his ugly 40 …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation