10) Worst NY Mets trade or free agent signing under Steve Cohen: Daniel Vogelbach for Colin Holderman
This is probably much higher on the list for some other Mets fans. Let’s not ignore what Daniel Vogelbach was able to accomplish for the Mets in 2022. In 183 trips to the plate, the left-handed DH slashed .255/.393/.436 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI. It was a more than acceptable output for a mercenary who apparently should’ve stayed as a rental for a couple of weeks.
In order to get Vogelbach the Mets had to give young reliever Colin Holderman. Many fans weren’t happy about this. They have been looking for a pitcher like Holderman ever since he was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates in this trade. It looked like the Mets could come out on top in this trade in 2022. In 2023, it’s completely different.
Holderman is growing into a trusted big league reliever even more so than the Pirates might have expected him to become. Over in New York, Vogelbach is a poor fit for the roster and easily the most frustrating of everyone who has worn blue and orange this season. Add in a decline to his numbers and we understand why this trade makes a list like this.
The Vogelbach for Holderman trade is currently one of the more painful deadline deals in recent history. Others will bruise more as the pieces the Mets gave up eventually make their MLB debuts.