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Pirates acquire Travis Snider from Blue Jays for Brad Lincoln

Jul 31, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

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Shi Davidi of reports the Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln. Both were first-round picks in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, as Snider was picked 14th overall while Lincoln was picked fourth.

The Pirates have been looking for another outfielder for a while now. Snider isn’t a big name like Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks, but the Pirates didn’t have to give up the farm to get him, either. The 24-year-old entered play tonight with an underwhelming .247/.305/.429 batting line over 914 plate appearances in the big leagues and has a penchant for the strikeout, but he could still develop as a middle-of-the-order power threat. He’ll be under team control through 2016.

Lincoln, 27, has a solid 2.73 ERA and 60/14 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season. The Blue Jays could give him another chance as a starter, but he’s more likely to be successful in his current relief role.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    The Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays?

    • D.J. Short - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      Oy. Fixed!

  2. whodeytn - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    As a Reds fan, I don’t mind this

  3. jaysjunkie - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Sorry to see him go, but just seemed like it was never going to happen for him in T.O. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him fulfill his potential in Pittsburgh. The arm we got back seems decent enough.

  4. dtybur - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Something tells me that this is a prelude to a bigger Pirates deal. They acquire another OF prospect who just got called up to the majors, just like Marte. I’m thinking they will turn around before the deadline and deal Starling Marte in a major trade. I hope not, i think Marte is going to be an all star. Either way, i guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

  5. sincitybonobo - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Travis has always raked in the PCL. Having watched him play in Vegas on many a summer night, I always thought he was close to breaking out. Hopefully, he can improve his plate discipline enough to stick in The Show. The power is there to be a solid offensive force if he improves his OBP. Good luck, @lunchboxhero45.

  6. yarguy - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    But can Lincoln cook steaks?

    • ptfu - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      If not, Pittsburgh’s got a great plan B

  7. mikeincmn - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    I have generally liked what AA has done up in Toronto, but I dont understand this one at all. Feels like they are giving up on Snider WAY too early into it. I know he has generally struggled as the big league level, but he is just 24 and cheap. Lincoln feels like just another middle relief guy.

    • paperlions - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Too early, yeah…he’s only 24, but he’s bounced between AAA and the majors since 2008. His AAA stats don’t mean much, extreme offensive home park in an extreme offensive league, a 27% K rate with only a 7% BB rate is going to make it tough for him to have a league average OBP.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        “a 27% K rate with only a 7% BB rate is going to make it tough for him to have a league average OBP”

        Which, ironically, is what the Pirates should have been looking for, a league average (or, gasp, better) OBP.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Yup, the weakness of that team is their trouble getting on base….they already have plenty of power options…but they don’t walk and they K too much….they managed to add to both their strength and weaknesses.

  8. heyzeus143 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Bad trade for the bucs, Lincoln was turning into a very reliable reliever perhaps your most reliable since Correia doesn’t want to be your long term guy and isn’t as good, and Bedard is average, and J Mac has come back down to earth, they really needed Lincoln, for a guy hitting .247 – isn’t that Alex Pressley,

  9. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Toronto needs relief pitchers. Lincoln will help a lot. Toronto also had a surplus of outfielders. An outfield of Gose, Rasmus and Bautista will be just fine. Do not know if they will resign Rajai Davis, but I expect that they will try to.

  10. magicrat13 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    not sure how much this trade helps us this year, unless there is another impending trade…i like the upside of snider..

    seems like the bucs has always traded players who never pan out for us who then go on to make it elsewhere (bautista, wakefield, vogelsong, etc)…maybe we can be on the other end for a change…

  11. heyzeus143 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    20 friggin years, and we trade for the future, this trade just stinks for 2012

  12. evilnaturedrobots - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Buy low…sale high. Pirates win this trade hands down. Pirates have one of the best bullpens in the league…they can afford to lose one of those right handers. The Pirates should be gobbling up left handed power hitters with that short porch in right field.

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