On the surface, this doesn't seem like very good value for Snider. Lincoln's "just a reliever", but a good one, He's been a crucial part of Pittsburgh's bullpen this season, throwing 59 1/3 innings, striking out 60 and walking 14. For a Blue Jays team that is starved for pitching, Lincoln should slot in nicely for Toronto.
But the cost for Lincoln was high in Snider, The 23-year old has an .856 OPS this year after getting called up earlier this month, but his strike zone discipline remains a question. In 40 plate appearances in the majors this year, Snider has three walks compared to 14 strikeouts. His career major league strikeout rate is north os 27%, but his power is still very real, with a career .181 ISO in the majors. He's too young to give up on, and a fresh start in Pittsburgh should help. The Pirates also get a weight taken off of their shoulders by acquiring a legitimate outfield bat without giving up a top prospect. Now, they can force Alex Presley and Casey McGehee to platoon/bench roles, starting Garrett Jones every day at first and Starling Marte a majority of the time in the outfield along with Snider and Andrew McCutchen.
Both teams did relatively well here, but I have to wonder if the Blue Jays could have done better for Snider.
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