Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have completed a trade for Pirates outfielder Travis Snider. Pittsburgh’s return is a player to be named later and 21-year-old pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley.
The O’s lost Nelson Cruz this offseason to the Mariners and Nick Markakis to the Braves, so they’ve been desperately looking for an outfielder, courting free agents like Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and even Ichiro Suzuki. Ultimately the addition came via trade, and it could be a good one.
Snider had a very strong second half for Pittsburgh in 2014 and carries some upside at age 26. He was expendable for the Bucs because stud prospect Gregory Polanco is due to take over the right field gig.
This is a return to the AL East for Snider, who was drafted 14th overall by the Blue Jays in 2006. He batted just .248 with a .306 on-base percentage in 242 games with Toronto between 2008-2012 but slashed .288/.356/.524 over his final 60 games with the Pirates last year.
The O’s will hope he proves to be a legitimate late-bloomer.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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