Nationals Sign Catcher Chris Snyder To Minor League Deal

USA TODAY Sports

For the second year in a row, the Washington Nationals have signed catcher Chris Snyder to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. When it was clear he wouldn't make the roster last spring, Snyder was released. Will he beat out the Nats' backups?

The Washington Nationals announced on their official Twitter account this afternoon that they signed veteran catcher Chris Snyder to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The Nats signed Snyder to a Minor League deal last February, but released the 10-year veteran in March. Snyder then signed with the LA Angels and was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for whom he played nine games in his tenth major league season.

The chatter in the nation's capital recently has been that the Nationals would find a backup catcher that could compete for playing time with in-house options Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon and potentially fill-in should Wilson Ramos, who has a history of injury issues, miss any significant time.

SI.com's Jerry Crasnick tweeted after the deal was announced this afternoon that Snyder will compete for the backup spot:

An Arizona Diamondbacks' '02 2nd Round pick out of Houston, Texas and the University of Houston, Snyder played seven seasons in the majors with the D-Backs, posting a combined .233/.335/.402 line with 86 doubles and 62 HRs in 556 games. Snyder was traded to Pittsburgh in 2010 and played 74 games in two years with the Pirates. Since then, he's played for the Astros and then last season the Orioles.

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