• Pirates send Brad Lincoln to Blue Jays for OF Snider


    PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded pitcher Brad Lincoln to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Travis Snider.

    Snider was pulled after the sixth inning of Monday night's game at Seattle. The Blue Jays and Pirates announced the deal shortly thereafter.

    "Definitely a shock," Snider said. "With the trade deadline coming up, you never know if it's going to be you."

    Snider went 1 for 2 with a walk in his final game for Toronto. The 24-year-old began the day batting .235 with three home runs and eight RBIs in nine games for the Blue Jays. He hit .335 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs in Triple-A this year.

    The right-handed Lincoln was 4-2 with one save and a 2.73 ERA in 28 games for Pittsburgh.

    Pittsburgh is in playoff contention for the NL Central title and the wild-card spot. Toronto is close in the AL wild-card chase.

    The non-waiver trade deadline for teams to make deals is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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