Meats Don’t Clash meet Cole Slaw and French Fries on Bread
Travis Snider, having burnt through the AAA atmosphere, is headed to Pittsburgh. And all it took was a one-time first round draft pick who is currently toiling in the Pittsburgh bullpen.
Snider, only 24 years old, has already seen Major League action in parts of five season, hitting a lowly .247/.305/.429 with 31 HR in 914 PA, but was thrice listed in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects and hit .335/.423/.598 in AAA this year. Of course, that was in Las Vegas which is one minor alteration away from playing baseball on the moon.
As for Brad Lincoln, the fourth overall pick from the 2006 draft has finally established himself in the Major Leagues, becoming a key piece of the Pirates bullpen with a 9.1 K/9 rate in 59 innings. Because of Tommy John surgery, Lincoln is already 27 and has some mileage on his arm, but could be a candidate to be moved back into the rotation at some point in the future.
There really aren’t many challenge trades in baseball anymore, but with the Pirates and Blue Jays exchanging two flawed players with significant upside, this may be the closest that we’ll get.