Daniel Fogelbach celebrates his reunion with Francisco Lindor in the New York Mets, who also added Michael Perez

NEW YORK – Daniel Vogelbach was thrilled with his ranking jump and reunited with fellow traveler Francisco Lindor during his high school days in Florida.

“Just as it is now as it was then,” Vogelbach said of Lindor on Saturday, the day after the Mets acquired Vogelbach from Pittsburgh for Colin Holdman. “I can’t speak highly enough about the person he was at the time and playing against him seems to be the same guy now. The guy always has a smile on his face. He’s the same guy every day. He’s just a layman. A good human being.”

New York had another business deal with the Pirates on Saturday, acquiring catcher Michael Perez for $100,000.

Vogelbach, who is likely to start against right-hander Joe Musgrove on Sunday night, is 11 months older than Lindor and was a second-round pick for the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 Amateur Draft. Lindor was a first-round pick for Cleveland, and the duo played on a side-by-side travel team With New York hunter Thomas Nido.

“He was funny,” Lindor said of Vogelbach. “He was extroverted and could crush.” “Playing alongside him has always been fun. It’s always been an adventure. I’m looking forward to it.”

The New York designated hitter entered Saturday with an average of 217, 9 eyebrows and 45 RBI. The average was 24 out of 30 teams, the hosts tied for 23rd and the RBI tied for 14th.

“In anything in life, when you feel a desire, it makes you feel good,” Vogelbach said. “So I know I said it earlier but this team is special. Just watching from afar, I’m excited and blessed to be a part of it and help in any way I can.”

A burly Vogelbach, a left-handed and all-star hitter in 2019 with Seattle, was a .228 hit with 12 ground wrecking, 34 RBI and .769 OPS in 75 games with the Pirates, who started Saturday 12 games from first place at NL Central.

“He’s a very well thought out person to match on the pitch at the club,” said Mets coach Buck Showalter. “It should be right for us. I always like people who don’t take themselves too seriously but take the game seriously.”

The 6-foot, 270-pound Vogelbach signed a $1 million, one-year contract with Pittsburgh in March. The deal included an $800,000 salary this season and a $1.5 million club option for 2023 with a $200,000 buyout deal.

Vogelbach, 29, can play first base, too. He has .817 career OPS against right-handed shooters, and 55 of 61 major league games on his home soil have come against right-handed.

New York added Perez to the taxi squad. Nido was in the starting lineup and said he was fine, a day after he bruised his left hand on a pass ball.

Perez, 29, was assigned the task on Friday. Left-handed hitter, hitting 0.150 with six home runs and 11 RBI in 39 games and 107 players on the bat this season.

In parts of five seasons with the Pirates and Tampa Bay, he made 0.175 with 15 home points and 58 RBI.

Mets player Travis Blankenhorn is assigned the task to make way for Perez. Blankenhorn was selected from Triple-A Syracuse and started in DH in Friday’s 4-1 loss to San Diego.

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