Blue Jays, Pirates Swap Snider, Lincoln

The Blue Jays and Pirates have agreed to swap outfielder Travis Snider for right-hander Brad Lincoln, the teams announced. Both players were selected in the first half of the first round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Snider, now 24, has spent considerable time in the Major Leagues since debuting as a 20-year-old in 2008. However, he has battled injuries and the Blue Jays have optioned him to the minor leagues for extended periods, so his career high in games is 82 (reached in 2010). The left-handed hitter has a career batting line of .247/.305/.429. He has a .235/.270/.559 line in 37 plate appearances this year, including three homers against left-handed pitching.

Snider is on track for arbitration eligibility following the 2013 season. He's under team control through 2016. He joins a left field mix that currently includes Starling Marte, Drew Sutton and Alex Presley.

Lincoln has developed into a dependable late inning reliever for the Pirates, though that's not necessarily what they had in mind when they selected him fourth overall six years ago. He has a 2.73 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 37% ground ball rate in 59 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh this year. The 27-year-old has also started at least five games in three consecutive seasons. His average fastball checks in at 93.2 mph.

Lincoln could be arbitration eligible as a super two following the 2013 season, but he'll remain under team control though 2017. He'll join a Blue Jays bullpen that doesn't have many sure things other than Casey Janssen going forward.


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244 Comments on "Blue Jays, Pirates Swap Snider, Lincoln"


sean triplett
3 years 27 days ago

sean triplett announced.

cderry
3 years 27 days ago

Will Snider start in PIT?

coachL
3 years 27 days ago

Snider will start immediately, in RF. Lincoln will go into the Jays Rotation. He has been excellent this year, as a spot starter, a long reliever and a late innings guy. I was actually hoping the Bucs would trade Hanrahan in a bigger deal and move Lincoln to closer. His stuff is ridiculous!

Tribetime31
3 years 27 days ago

Looks like this will be the Pirates BIG move. lol

Lunchbox45
3 years 27 days ago

not impressed.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 27 days ago

This trade makes me feel like tourettes guy.

BOB SAGET!

Trout Almonte
3 years 27 days ago

I got a good friend who believes that Snider might hit 30~40 homers if injury free and reaching his potential. Would you say .280, 20~25 would be more realistic?

Lunchbox45
3 years 27 days ago

I don’t think that happens right away, but I can see Snider as a consistent .850 OPS outfielder with plus defense and great bbqing

Bluejaysnation
3 years 27 days ago

He definitely LOVES to eat!!!

NicholasDerosa
3 years 27 days ago

I don’t think he’ll ever hit for average, maybe .240-.260. I think around 30hr is fair if he stays healthy. The real upside of Sinder is his excellent defense, very underrated.

MaineSox
3 years 27 days ago

Between this and the Happ trade I really have no idea what AA is doing anymore.

Lunchbox45
3 years 27 days ago

right?

so its not just me. I worry sometimes that I’m too close. Self admittedly I really liked snider (obviously) but I still dont get it.

MaineSox
3 years 27 days ago

Definitely not just you, especially after Farrell saying that they are going to use Lincoln out of the ‘pen (if they thought he could start I would disagree with them, but I would at least be able to see where they were coming from).

Lunchbox45
3 years 27 days ago

same situ with happ.

MaineSox
3 years 27 days ago

Exactly.

JP
3 years 27 days ago

I think I’m too bummed out (because I liked Snider so much) to really judge the trade right now..

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 27 days ago

That’s fair but is Snider ever going to put it together? We have seen him follow this pattern each time he has been called up. A few moments where you thik he will get it, then the inevitable mounting strike out total and inconsistent hitting.

NicholasDerosa
3 years 27 days ago

as soon as Sinder gets it, he’ll get injured. rinse repeat.

expos94
3 years 27 days ago

I think the big reason for the trade is the fact that Snider is on his last option and if the jays had to expose him to waivers next year they would lose him for nothing. At the end of the day the pirates are taking a lot bigger of a risk than the jays are in my opinion. I do hope he figures it out and becomes the player we all think he can though.

malna
3 years 27 days ago

I’d rather see Snider fail in a Jays’ jersey as well.

3 years 27 days ago

Wow. Weird trade.

Jordan King
3 years 27 days ago

As a Reds fan, I LOVE THIS.

Jason McNeely
3 years 27 days ago

Lol this was def a stupid trade for the Pirates to make. Apperantly, this would take the Jays out of the running for Garza, which leaves it down to the Reds and Rangers. I’d love to see Cincy come out of this trade deadline with Garza, Victorino, and Overbay. Victorino can replace Stubbs, Overbay serves as the 1B until Votto returns, and then goes to a LH PH/bench role, and Garza solidifies our rotation.

Jeremy
3 years 27 days ago

You wont be in 2 years. This trade sucks.

brandondc
3 years 27 days ago

Agreed… Pirates are sticking in it because of their pitching, and they just traded one of their best relievers for another AAAA-type guy to crowd the OF. Beautiful.

Rick Yu
3 years 27 days ago

who?

3 years 27 days ago

Thank you Neil Huntington, thank you

rikersbeard
3 years 27 days ago

This doesn’t make any sense.

rikersbeard
3 years 27 days ago

for the jays

bigpat
3 years 27 days ago

for anyone. Why would the Pirates use one of their best trade chips for an unproven outfielder who’s done next to nothing in the majors?

Lincoln has been nearly unhittable out of the pen, lowest bullpen ERA in the entire league. Capable of going multiple innings or possibly pitching late game/closing. I wish Lincoln the best of luck, always accepted his role unlike a certain Pirates pitcher who was recently demoted…

es0terik
3 years 27 days ago

This is what Blue Jays fans said about Robinson Diaz when we got Jose Bautista. As a Blue Jays fan, I sincerely wish you were the Pirates GM.

Karkat
3 years 27 days ago

With their pitchers’ arms literally falling off this year, I’d say getting a young (controllable) arm enjoying a nice season for a backup outfielder is a nice little move for Toronto.

EDIT: your downvotes faze me not, internet baseball website commenters.

rikersbeard
3 years 27 days ago

Not a backup outfielder. This is a former top prospect with a huge ceiling.

Karkat
3 years 27 days ago

He’s riding one slow elevator then.

Lunchbox45
3 years 27 days ago

he’s still 23 years old. .

Todd Smith
3 years 27 days ago

He’s the same age as Marte…to put that in perspective for Pirate fans.

Matthew Mueller
3 years 27 days ago

So is Lincoln though

not_brooks
3 years 27 days ago

Are the Jays going to use Lincoln as a starter…?

Trying to figure out what purpose this serves for either team…

3 years 27 days ago

He has starting pitcher potential, I think they will do the same thing that they did with Morrow.

3 years 27 days ago

i really hope Snider is worth it. Lincoln was one of their best relievers.

notsureifsrs
3 years 27 days ago

he is. the pirates won this trade decisively

Todd Smith
3 years 27 days ago

Let’s be honest…Lincoln was great out of the bullpen this year – but he was pretty much our 6th inning guy whenever Correia pitched. Hardly a critical component to the team’s success this year.

Mike Adamson
3 years 27 days ago

Hate this trade as a Pirate fan and not because of Snider but because I wanted a better (veteran) player.

wildabeast4
3 years 27 days ago

nope. this is a great move for the pirates. Sniders gonna be good.

Mike Adamson
3 years 27 days ago

Been hearing that for a long time!!! Hope your right!

slyfox1908
3 years 27 days ago

You just might love your outfield of Snider/McCutchen/Marte next year.

nepp
3 years 27 days ago

You have to think long-term. Huge win for Pittsburgh.

bluejayspwn
3 years 27 days ago

future starting left fielder for a reliever ?

rikersbeard
3 years 27 days ago

ya, I really don’t understand.

3 years 27 days ago

Morrow was a reliever when the Jays aquired him, hes our ace now.

3 years 27 days ago

Morrow always had ace potential. Lincoln is crap. This is a disgusting trade.

PHILAbeatdown
3 years 27 days ago

Hahahaha hes the jays ace, but that doesnt make him an ace. It just shows how bad the jays rotation is. Hes at best a #3. And on some teams he is a 4

3 years 27 days ago

And you cleaarly have lost touch with reality.

3 years 27 days ago

Yes his 3.01 ERA while pitching in the AL East (with 3 of the top 5 offences in the majors) shows how bad he is, also he only led the whole league in strikeouts per 9 innings last season.

Marty Caridi
3 years 27 days ago

How is Lincoln crap? Based on what? Stats? Ok, look at them. Right now, his ERA as a reliever is the best in MLB. Toronto got a good return for Snider.

laffingrass
3 years 27 days ago

Aces tend not to spend most of their time on the DL.

3 years 27 days ago

Humans cannot control who gets injured and who doesnt.

laffingrass
3 years 27 days ago

By avoiding faulty mechanics and overuse, they sure can.

3 years 27 days ago

Thats true, but humans are not meant to throw 95+ mph, injuries happen and you cannot control all of them. Besides this is his first serious injury siince he came to the majors.

3 years 27 days ago

Don’t think I’d hold him in as high regard as Morrow. Lincoln is not that bad, but I don’t think he’ll be turning into and ace anytime soon.

Casor_Greener
3 years 27 days ago

Snider is garbage

Granola Barr
3 years 27 days ago

BAD TRADE

slyfox1908
3 years 27 days ago

This seems like the kind of trade AA would make in the other direction.

Lunchbox45
3 years 27 days ago

the organization clearly didn’t believe in Snider, not sure why they didn’t feel like they could get value for him.

This one is going to sting in a few years.

rikersbeard
3 years 27 days ago

ya, when he actually gets a full season of ABs

Amish_willy
3 years 27 days ago

Aren’t the odds that Snider is probably a 2-3 win player IF he reaches his 90th percentile at this point. I can’t imagine his upside is viewed like it was 3 years and all of a sudden he’s going to go Alex Gordon for the Pirates. He seems more Ian Stewart to me.

Lincoln will be a super-2 in 2014, but is under control for 2 additional seasons. I wouldn’t be losing ANY sleep over dealing Snider. Some turn into Jay Bruce’s some don’t. Relievers don’t get a ton of respect, but a good (potentially great?) one is better then a stiff LF with pop and a flawed game. I’m tallying up the K’s he and Alvarez will have between them. Play them both everyday in 2013 and you’re probably looking at 300+ K’s, and don’t think he’ll be in Alvarez’s class power wise.

Dave Traverso
3 years 27 days ago

Plenty of monster prospects never pan out in MLB, I don’t see Snider being a good addition to help the Pirates reach the playoff this season. I was hoping to get Lincoln here in Philly

Matt Plamondon
3 years 27 days ago

young position player with crazy upside for a pitcher i know nothing about

TheFrankman
3 years 27 days ago

AMAZING

bluejayspwn
3 years 27 days ago

you must be a pirates fan

TheFrankman
3 years 27 days ago

No, but I’m talking to Pirates fans who hate the deal.

YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick
3 years 27 days ago

strange trades goin on right now well i guess the yankees can can switch cliff lee for cory wade haha

sean triplett
3 years 27 days ago

brandon league back to toronto for devon white