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Blue Jays aren’t getting many calls about Travis Snider

Mar 28, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

Travis Snider was the 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 prospects in both 2008 and 2009, but the Blue Jays sent him to Triple-A yesterday despite being a 24-year-old with 877 plate appearances in the majors.

And it turns out other teams feel similarly about Snider, as Ken Rosenthal of reports the Blue Jays “aren’t drawing much trade interest” in the corner outfielder because “rival clubs like Snider, but know the Jays are unlikely to move him when his value is down.”

Snider always crushed the ball in the minors despite being young for every level of competition, hitting .306 with 73 homers and a .901 OPS in 439 games, including .333 with 20 homers and a .957 OPS in 127 games at Triple-A. However, he’s hit just .248 with a .730 OPS in the big leagues while striking out 236 times in 232 games.

For now he’s fallen behind Eric Thames on the depth chart, but Snider is still young enough that the Blue Jays shouldn’t be anxious to sell him for pennies on the dollar just yet. Plenty of teams would be smart to give Toronto a call, though.

  1. mydadyourmom - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    They shouldn’t call actually because if they do, they will be fleeced by AA.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Exactly, just look at the mike Napoli trade, oh wait….

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        There was much of a market for a 1B/DH type player who is now a season away from asking for a Molina type deal. Did you see him going from 2 win player to 5? And sure in fantasy baseball him having catcher eligibility is nice, but he is not much of a catcher in reality.

        Im sure BlueJay fans are going to give AA a pass on not getting enough for Napoli, they had Edwin Encar-somethingorother, Lind, and Rivera at the time.

        When you get Joey Bats to agree to a extremely team friendly deal, and trick the Angels into taking Vernon Wells of your hands you get these type of passes.

  2. mydadyourmom - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Only bad trade on his resume. And still, getting rid of Vernon’s contract, I can live with it.

    • lostsok - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      So Colby Rasmus was a GOOD trade?

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Rumor has it that the Jays plan to offer Snider, Drabek and d’Arnaud for Roy Halladay after the All Star Break. The injury riddled Phillies might be out of contention by then.

  4. cur68 - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Eric Thames is as tender in the hammy as a grain fed, cage raised, battery hen. He’ll tweak one by the end of June and then Snider will be back up. I fervently hope that this is not the case, but history with Thames says that his Achilles Heel runs right up to his buttocks. With any luck Snider will be ready to show that he’s a Major Leaguer and just rake.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Snider is the posterboy for the overrated bluegay farm system and what amazes me about this article is why would anyone want to trade for this guy? Look at his numbers!! He doesnt hit for average, doesnt get on base much, and his power is limited at best but if you want a guy who can challenge Nolan Ryan for the strikeout record. This is your guy cause i bet he and Thames can give ya 200 whiffs a year if they set their minds to it. Yikes

    • duluthbuttonhut - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      It is extremely difficult to take any credence in the opinions of a gentleman (a term I use VERY loosely) who sinks to the level of calling the team the “Bluegays”. Grade 6 called, it wants their insult back.

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