Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports the Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln. Both were first-round picks in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, as Snider was picked 14th overall while Lincoln was picked fourth.
The Pirates have been looking for another outfielder for a while now. Snider isn’t a big name like Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks, but the Pirates didn’t have to give up the farm to get him, either. The 24-year-old entered play tonight with an underwhelming .247/.305/.429 batting line over 914 plate appearances in the big leagues and has a penchant for the strikeout, but he could still develop as a middle-of-the-order power threat. He’ll be under team control through 2016.
Lincoln, 27, has a solid 2.73 ERA and 60/14 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season. The Blue Jays could give him another chance as a starter, but he’s more likely to be successful in his current relief role.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.