The Baltimore Orioles have designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment and called up newly acquired outfielder Junior Lake to replace him.
Snider, 27, is batting .233 with a .326 slugging percentage in 69 games this season. He is mired in a 3 for 36 slump dating to July 1 and has seen his playing time decrease since Baltimore acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra in a deadline trade.
Lake, 25, was also acquired at the deadline. In 21 games for the Chicago Cubs this season, Lake batted .224 with a .345 slugging percentage. He had a .316 batting average and slugged .464 in 62 Triple A games with the Cubs’ and Orioles’ affiliates. The Orioles sent pitcher Tommy Hunter to Chicago in exchange for Lake.
The Orioles sit six games behind the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East, and 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot. Baseball Prospectus puts their odds of winning the division at 3.3% and their Wild Card odds at 23.1%, while Fangraphs has their division odds at 3.5% and their Wild Card odds at 22%.
- Dan Gartland