Blue Jays Trade Travis Snider To Pirates For Brad Lincoln

July 24, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Brad Lincoln (32) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln, the Pirates have announced (via Twitter).

The Pirates have been long searching for a corner outfielder and Snider could be the answer they have been looking for in the short-term as well as in the future. Entering tonight, the 24-year-old Snider was batting .235/.270/.559 in 37 plate appearances (9 games) this season. Of course, that's an extremely tiny small sample size , but Snider does have a history of struggling in the majors. However, some scouts believe Snider has turned the corner, tweets Ben Badler of Baseball America.

For the Jays, they receive some bullpen help and a pitcher that is healthy. I wouldn't be surprised if the always creative Jays try converting Lincoln -- who has 22 career starts -- back into a starting pitcher. The 27-year-old has been excellent this season out of the 'pen, though, posting a 2.73 ERA across 59 1/3 innings of work with a 4.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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