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Pirates make a play for power

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their power-hitting outfielder.

The question is: Will it pay off this year for them?

The Bucs picked up Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitcher Brad Lincoln.

On the surface, it appears the Pirates got a minor league player for a successful reliever.

This trade should be better than that.

Snider provides a power-hitting threat needed. He's also under control for at least three seasons, meaning the Bucs should have an outfield of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Snider for a few years.

That should be a very good outfield.

I'm not sold on Lincoln as a starting pitcher in the future. I think he could be a future closer, which always is appealing.

However, relievers aren't as difficult to find. Plus, they can bottom out really fast. Remember Evan Meek, the former All-Star for the Pirates?

This also reminds me of the deal that sent Ricardo Rincon to the Indians for Brian Giles.

We'll find out soon enough.


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