A pair of Baltimore writers are reporting that the Pirates and Orioles are close to a deal involving Travis Snider. The prospective trade involves a pitcher and "possibly" another player who may or may not be a pitcher. Both would be non-40-man-roster players.
Such a trade would clearly weaken the Pirates' bench, as well as depriving them of a proven alternative for right field in case Gregory Polanco continues to struggle. That being the case, it would make no sense for the team to give up Snider without getting a very meaningful return.
A trade of Snider would also put Jose Tabata back in the picture for the fourth outfielder job. Tabata's rapidly disappearing speed - an important part of his game - makes him considerably less than a safe option. Andrew Lambo thus might reappear as an outfield possibility.