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Daniel Vogelbach’s $1.5M option for 2023 exercised by Mets Boras says timing of MLB draft endangers player safety

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LAS VEGAS – New York Mets exercise $1.5 million option on designated hitter Daniel Vogelbachwhich does not allow him to be eligible for wage arbitration.

Mets general manager Billy Eppler said New York also hired Eric Jagers as director of pitch development. Jaegers was Cincinnati’s pitching assistant coach.

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Vogelbach, a burly 29-year-old, was acquired from Pittsburgh in late July and quickly became a fan favorite. He hit .255 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 55 games with New York, finishing the season with a .238 batting average, 18 homers and 59 RBIs overall.

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Vogelbach could become a free agent after the 2024 season. In addition to his salary next year, he could earn $400,000 in record bonuses: $25,000 for 350, $50,000 for 400, $75,000 for 450, $100,000 for 500, and $150,000 for 550.

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LAS VEGAS. Baseball superspy Scott Boras on Wednesday expressed concern over what he called a player safety issue related to the timing of the draft.

MLB moved the draft from early June to mid-July last year to make it part of the All-Star Game celebrations.

“The advantage of a later draft is just a TV program,” Boras told the media during the second day of the Major League Baseball general managers’ meetings in Las Vegas. “It hurts the players. It harms intelligence. It harms the assessment.”

Boras said the later dates prevent clubs from giving new players an adequate chance to get used to the professional ball.

“We’ve had players come to camp after not playing for six to eight weeks after school season,” Boras said. “They are immediately asked to speak.

“It undermined the grading system because professional scouts don’t have the opportunity to rank the next market project for the summer. They are prohibited from attending all of the regular events they have attended before to get to know both character and performance evaluation.”

Boras said he would like a minor league level to be added that was above the rookie level for player development.

Boras also said that he was not opposed to the pitching hours being introduced next year at the major league level after the juniors experimented with the system, but argued that it would be a mistake for the playoffs. Pitchers will have 15 seconds if there are no runners on base and 20 seconds otherwise. Attackers must be in the batter’s zone with at least 8 seconds remaining.

“It’s a different scenario than in the regular season and we don’t want[players’]performances to be rushed,” he said. “We understand why they would probably do this during the season, for the sake of performance and what they see as a positive move for fans to reduce games. But in the postseason, we don’t want these people to be in a completely different emotional environment and where the scenery means a lot more.”

In terms of analytics, Boras said players are given so much information that they are often overwhelmed. He noted that it is no coincidence that two veteran managers Dusty Baker from Houston and Rob Thomson from Philadelphia took part in the World Series, because both understand the value of communication.

“To get a flow of information on a daily basis without a proper bridge for execution, we find a mess,” Boras said. “We find players who don’t work well. We’re finding players whose confidence levels are faltering.”


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