MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Blue Jays Trade Snider and Thames for Bullpen Help

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IJuly 31, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 28: Travis Snider #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays makes a diving catch in the 1st inning during MLB game action against the Detroit Tigers on July 28, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Early in the morning on trade deadline day, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous has struck two separate deals that see outfielders Eric Thames and Travis Snider head out of town.

In the first deal, the Jays sent Snider to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for SP/RP Brad Lincoln.

Lincoln has been filling in nicely as a late inning reliever for the Pirates, although many expect Lincoln to assume a starting role with the Blue Jays. He has a 2.73 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 37 percent ground ball rate in 59.1 innings for Pittsburgh this year.

The only alarming stat to me is his ground ball rate. Not a ground ball pitcher, Lincoln may be susceptible to the home run at the hitter-friendly confines of Rogers Center.

Snider, who was almost playing without a clear role with the Blue Jays, made the most out of his short time with the Jays, hitting three long home runs against left-handed pitching, and making some spectacular plays out in left field.

In the second deal, the Jays and Mariners hooked up for a deal that sees Eric Thames head to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for reliever Steve Delabar.

Delabar is an interesting talent. A former gym teacher turned ball player, the 6'5", 230 pound fireballer is a strikeout machine. With 36 innings in the bank this year, Delabar has 46 strikeouts, good for an 11.4 K/9, as well as a tidy 2.7 BB/9. So not only can he be a power pitcher, but the man can also control his fastball, which is a nice change from the days of Francisco Cordero out of the bullpen.

Thames was a different story with the Jays. One of the worst defensive outfielders in the game, Thames' only real position with the team was at the designated hitter slot, but that spot is being eaten up by better long-term options in Adam Lind and maybe eventually David Cooper.

This season, Thames only hit .243 with the Jays with three home runs and 11 RBI.

This is likely not the end of the deadline deals for the Blue Jays. Expect another deal or two in the pipeline come this afternoon at 4 p.m. EST.