As the Blue Jays were in the midst of a 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners Monday night, Alex Anthopoulos was busy pulling the trigger on a pair of deals what would draw a close to the ongoing battle for playing time in the Blue Jays outfield.
Travis Snider was pulled from the game in the bottom of the 7th inning after going 1/2 with walk before news broke that he had been dealt to Pittsburgh for reliever Brad Lincoln. Snider, hit .250 with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI while making the most of his call up to Toronto.
Lincoln, a 27 year old Right Handed Pitcher is in the midst of a career year with Pittsburgh collecting a 2.73 ERA in 28 games. His 60 Strikeouts in 59.1 Innings Pitched has been a strong point for Lincoln as his control has been sharp walking a mere 14 batter over that span.
Following the game it was announced that along with Snider, Eric Thames had also been dealt this time ending up in Seattle. In return for Thames, the Blue Jays pick up another reliever in the likes of Steve Delabar who will walk across the field and join the Blue Jays tomorrow.
Delabar, 28, has gone 2-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 34 games for Seattle in 2012 while averaging 5.6 Hits per 9 innings, pitching out of the bullpen. Thames, who hit .243 with 3 Home Runs during 46 games with the Blue Jays this season, will join the Mariners Tuesday coming off of an excellent couple of weeks playing for the Las Vegas 51′s.
Snider will move on to Pittsburgh where he will battle it out with Starling Marte (who recently hit a Home Run in his first MLB at bat) for a starting role in the outfield. Thames will join an increasingly young Mariners team that after trading Ichiro early last week, seems to be in the midst of a rebuild as the look to become competitive in the AL West.
Rajai Davis will be given the keys to Left Field for the time being however it is only a matter of time before we see Moises Sierra make his big league debut with the club.
Sierra (23) has collected a .292/.364/.477 line while stroking 17 Home Runs and driving in 63 for AAA Vegas in 2012.