PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — At the trade deadline in 2012, the Pirates sent their 2006 first-=round draft pick to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Brad Lincoln was having a breakout season as a mid-to-late inning reliever and proved to be a formidable force in the Pirates bullpen.

When Lincoln was dealt, Travis Snider was acquired in return.

A left-handed bat with potential thump, Snider dealt with hamstring issues that had nagged him in the past. Those issues continued as he began his Pirates career causing Snider to miss significant time and thwart his opportunity to strongly grasp the Pirates right field starting job.

While he might be the front runner, Snider begins spring workouts one of many candidates to be the Pirates primary right fielder.

“I’ve been good to go since October with the hamstrings, and have tailored my off-season workouts to make sure these things don’t happen again,” he said.

In an interview with Pirates pre-game and post-game show host Dan Zangrilli, he discussed his off-season preparation and how he’s approaching the 2013 season.