Snider reacts to trade

The Blue Jays traded outfielder Travis Snider to Pittsburgh on Monday night for right-handed reliever Brad Lincoln. I’ll have plenty of reaction to the deal a little later but here’s a quick Q+A with Snider as he reacts to the deal:

Catch you by surprise?

“Yeah. Trade deadline, you expect moves to be made, you never know if it’s going to be you. First of all, thank you to everybody in Toronto, the organization, the fans and can’t say thank you enough for sticking with me through this journey and looking forward to a new opportunity.”

Thoughts on the move…

“Definitely a lot of good relationships I developed throughout this organization, all the way through the Minor League coaches, up to the front office. To be saying goodbye to those guys is tough, but as I move forward in my life on this journey, it’s taking things one day at a time and embracing a new opportunity.” 

You looked a little stunned in the dugout…

“I haven’t really been called off the field like that before so I really didn’t know what was going on. I thought maybe it was a lineup mistake or something like that. But, again, you know at this time of the year things are going to happen and really just wanted to get an opportunity to say goodbye to some of those guys. Every guy on that team, played hard for him, great group of guys and I’m going to miss them.”

Talked to Huntington yet?

“Yes, just briefly, trying to get travel information and things figured out but nothing more than that.” 

Looking forward to new opportunity?

“Experiencing what I have, I’ve definitely learned a lot from that and moving forward, the mindset has to stay the same, same as when I got called up this last time. What I’ve worked hard to develop is to take things one day at a time and controlling what I can control. I’m going to work hard for the Pittsburgh Pirates and go out there and play hard every day.” 

Reaction to going to Pittsburgh and being in a playoff race?

“I’m excited to be a part of a contending organization. Opportunity to play in October is what we all dream about. It’s tough to say goodbye but at the same time I’m excited for the new opportunity.”

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