Pirates trade away Lincoln for Snider

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CHICAGO --The Pirates acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Brad Lincoln early today in advance of the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

Snider, a 24-year-old left-handed hitter, was the first-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2006 draft. He debuted in the majors in 2008.

"We've liked Travis since his draft year," general manager Neal Huntington said.

In getting Snider, the Pirates acquired a young outfielder who cannot become a free agent until after the 2016 season. He will be eligible for arbitration after the 2013 season.

In nine games for the Blue Jays this season, he hit .235 with three home runs. He hit .335 with 13 home runs in 56 games with Class AAA Las Vegas after the team optioned him there near the end of spring training. The Blue Jays recalled him July 20.

"He'll work the count, he'll take a walk," Huntington said. "He can use the whole field with authority."

Snider got at least 200 plate appearances in the majors for three consecutive seasons, from 2009-11. He hit .255 with 14 home runs in 2010.

In 202 plate appearances in 2011, Snider hit .225 with a .269 on-base percentage and three home runs.

"Like many young players, it has not been an easy go for him," Huntington said.

Snider has a career 27.2 percent strikeout rate and 7.4 percent walk rate. He is a career .247/.305/.429 hitter in parts of five major league seasons, starting at age 20 in 2008.

Lincoln, 27, was briefly in the Pirates' rotation this season before moving to the bullpen. He had recently assumed a role in the later innings. The Pirates drafted him in the first round in the 2006 draft. They also optioned him to Class AAA Indianapolis at the end of spring training.

Lincoln had a 2.73 ERA in 28 games, five of them starts, this season. He had 60 strikeouts in 591/3 innings. Since returning to the bullpen June 27, Lincoln had a 0.57 ERA in 10 appearances, striking out 17 and walking one in 152/3 innings.

"Brad had been exceptional for us out of the bullpen for the last month or so," said Huntington, noting that it was difficult to part with Lincoln.

Though Snider has played mostly left field in his career, Huntington said Snider would play right field due to the large left field in PNC Park.

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First Published July 31, 2012 5:00 AM


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