Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire Outfielder Travis Snider from Toronto Blue Jays

Professor BushCorrespondent IIIJuly 31, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 30:  Travis Snider #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Snider was traded to the Pittsburg Pirates during the game.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the clock ticking down on the trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates have managed to obtain an outfield bat that they were seeking.

The Sports Xchange has reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays for right-handed relief pitcher Brad Lincoln.

Snider's last three seasons have not been noteworthy, as shown in the following table:

Year Games HR RBI AVG
2010   82  14   32  .255
2011   49   3   30  .225
2012   10   3   8  .250

With only six runs in three games in a recent series against the Chicago Cubs, certainly the need for some offensive help for the Bucs is clear.

The Blue Jays get some much-needed help for their injury-depleted bullpen. With Joel Hanrahan and Jason Grilli anchoring the back of the bullpen, the Pirates could afford to let Lincoln leave. They made a trade without giving away prospects.

Snider is one of those players that never has seemed to live up to his potential and was playing for an organization stocked with outfielders. He was bounced around from AAA to the Blue Jays. So maybe the change of scenery and consistent playing time in the majors will turn things around for him.

I can't see Snider making a major immediate impact on the Pirates' playoff prospects. But I can't fault management for taking this shot, either. Let's see what happens.

What do you think about the trade ?