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Mets get DH Daniel Vogelbach from Pirates in trade for reliever

MLB: JUL 17 Pirates at Rockies

DENVER, CO - JULY 17: Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach (19) and left fielder Ben Gamel (18) score third inning runs during a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- The first-place New York Mets added some much-needed punch at designated hitter Friday, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.

The burly Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter and an All-Star in 2019 with Seattle, was batting .228 with 12 home runs, 34 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 75 games with the struggling Pirates.

New York, which began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL East over defending World Series champion Atlanta, has gotten little production at DH from J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith.

The 26-year-old Holderman is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 appearances covering 17 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .186 against him.