Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/12

Neither trade was a blockbuster, but the Toronto Blue Jays made two deals Monday to bolster their pitching depth, an area that has been depleted by injuries this season.

The cost was a couple of left-handed-hitting outfielders who have spent most of this season in the minors after receiving multiple chances to stick in the majors.

Travis Snider, just back from Class AAA Las Vegas, was removed in the seventh inning Monday during the Blue Jays' 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. It was announced that he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln, who was the fourth player taken in the 2006 draft, the same draft in which the Blue Jays took Snider with the 14th overall pick.

Lincoln was 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 28 appearances (five starts) for the Pirates this year. Blue Jays manager John Farrell envisions Lincoln being used out of the bullpen.

"That's where he's flourished, that's where he's seemed to come into his own," Farrell said.

Later, it was announced that Eric Thames had been traded to the Mariners for right-handed reliever Steve Delabar, who was 2-1 this season with a 4.17 ERA in 34 games.

Snider and Thames competed for the starting left field spot during spring training, with Thames getting the nod since he was the incumbent.

Snider will get a chance to realize the potential that never quite came out in Toronto, mainly because he needed to quicken his swing. Thames is more of an offensive player.

The Blue Jays were dealing from an area of strength. They have young outfielders in the system who soon will be forcing their way into the picture.

One of them is Anthony Gose, who was called up recently when Jose Bautista went on the disabled list. Another rising youngster is Jake Marisnick, who is at Class AA New Hampshire and, like Gose, can play center field well. And Las Vegas' Moises Sierra has a strong throwing arm and hits for power.

Pitchers were needed, and that's what the Blue Jays got.

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