Wire Taps: Nationals Sign Catcher Chris Snyder To Minor League Deal

Patrick McDermott

A day and a half of Washington Nationals-related links since we weren't able to do anything on Thursday night/Friday morning with some issues affecting the SB Nation's sites. We apologize for any inconvenience and we piled all the links together for a bit of Saturday reading...

I was in the middle of putting together a link post on Thursday night when the SB Nation (and all of Vox Media's sites actually) started experiencing some "technical difficulties" that kept me from finishing the post, and over the last 24 hours a series of issues kept me from getting the post (or anything else) done, so I'm playing a little catch up right now. What did we miss in the last day+? Not much. Former Nats' catcher Kurt Suzuki signed with the Twins? The Nationals announced their coaching staffs for all their minor league affiliates with the announcement of new Triple-A Skipper Billy Gardner, Jr. the biggest reveal. Other than that? Well, the third week in December is usually kind of a dead period news-wise. The Nats did, however, announce that they'd signed veteran catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal for the second straight season. Last spring, Snyder didn't stick. Can he beat out Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon for the backup role in the nation's capital? We'll find out this Spring. Until then, it's links and lots of them (two and a half day's worth) starting... RIGHT NOW!!! Or at least after I copy and paste all the coaches from the Nats' minor league affiliates in here:

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• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "For the Nationals to retain Desmond and Zimmermann, this winter may prove crucial. Both players are eligible for salary arbitration and are scheduled to hit free agency in two years." - "Nationals face key negotiating season with Jordan Zimmmermann, Ian Desmond" - Adam Kilgore and James Wagner, The Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

• "Washington welcomes two new managers to its chain, selecting Billy Gardner Jr. to manage the Chiefs and Michael Barrett to lead the Gulf Coast League Nationals." - "Nationals announce Minor League coaching staffs" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "The other coaching highlights include the entire high Single-A Potomac staff moving up to Double-A Harrisburg." - "Redding, Barrett rejoining organization, Gardner new Triple-A Syracuse manager" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Paul Menhart, long a fixture in the Nationals’ organization as a pitching coach, will move up to Class AAA Syracuse." - "Nats make minor league coaching changes" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Nats need only minor tweaking - a backup catcher who can bridge the gap if Wilson Ramos lands again on the disabled list, maybe a backup corner infielder to push Tyler Moore in spring camp..." - "Nationals Buzz: Calendar might dictate when Nats make final roster tweaks" - Peter Kerzel, MASNSports.com

• "Two new managers were brought into the system. Billy Gardner, Jr. will become manager of the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs." - "Washington Nationals fill out 2014 minor league staff" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• "That early December night, Lombardozzi was on his way to dinner when he received a call from Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo about an hour before news of the trade reached the public." - "Steve Lombardozzi opens up about trade" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "The signing of a backup catcher, possibly. The addition of a veteran corner infielder, perhaps. And maybe another trade or seven between the Nationals and Athletics." - "Nationals Pastime: On Brown and the Rizzo/Beane dynamic (plus housekeeping note)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The Nationals acquired Suzuki in August of 2012 from the A’s and traded him back in August of 2013." - "Former Nats C Kurt Suzuki joins Minnesota Twins" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• "The Nats, the NL’s sixth-best team last year, have probably nudged ahead of the Pirates and Reds." - "Baseball pennants are won in the winter, so let’s look at the standings" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "Will Ross Detwiler make at least 20 starts for the Washington Nationals in 2014? Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes debate." - "Point/Counterpoint: Will Ross Detwiler make 20 starts in 2014?" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "The Nationals signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal on Saturday, bringing the veteran back for a second consecutive spring." - "Nats sign C Chris Snyder to minor league deal" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• NATSTOWN/MINORS:

• "Ian Desmond’s Pete Kozma joke" - Lindsay Applebaum, Washington Post

• "The Nationals’ 40-man roster was already full heading into the draft, so they did not procure anyone in the Major League phase (though they saw catcher Adrian Nieto taken by the White Sox)." - "Down on the Farm: The Rule 5 Draft" - Noah Frank, Curly W Live

• "Since Rizzo seems to be more of a 'set it and forget it' guy when it comes to rosters, I think it's important we set the bench to be as good as possible." - "Out of Blogfice" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "The Washington Nationals announced Friday that Tripp Keister has been promoted from the Class A Hagerstown Suns to manager of the Potomac Nationals for the 2014 season." - "Keister promoted, named P-Nats skipper" - Potomac Nationals, Carolina League News

• "Brian Daubach's first official year off from baseball as an adult, well, it very well might be his last official year off from baseball." - "New Harrisburg Senators manager Brian Daubach lives for baseball: A profile" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

• "Brian Daubach, a World Series winner with the 2004 Boston Red Sox and most recently manager for the High-A Potomac Nationals, has officially been named the Harrisburg Senators' 2014 manager..." - "Brian Daubach named Harrisburg Senators' next manager" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

• "Manager Gary Cathcart will return for his fourth season as Auburn's skipper." - "Cathcart returns as Auburn Doubledays manager; former player Tim Redding to be pitching coach" - Auburn Citizen

• "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, announced Billy Gardner Jr. will be its new manager." - "Billy Gardner Jr. leaving Montgomery Biscuits to manage Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs" - AL.com

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies: "I've heard from frustrated Phillies fans because the team's offseason moves have not reassured anybody following an 89-loss season. They want to know why the Phillies haven't signed a marquee name to a big-time contract..." - "Inbox: Any big moves on horizon for Phillies?" - Todd Zolecki, phillies.com: News

Mets: "Though the two may be markedly different as far as personalities go, Zack Wheeler has shadowed Matt Harvey's career arc since joining the Mets organization in 2011." - "Injury risks not worrying Mets starter Zack Wheeler after debut season" - Anthony DiComo, mets.com: News

Marlins: "Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner and Tom Koehler are frontrunners to be the starting five in 2014." - "The Marlins have filled their major needs without trading young pitching" - Joe Frisaro, marlins.com: News

Braves: "As things currently stand, the Braves feel good about that fact that Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Jordan Walden are set to return as capable setup men for closer Craig Kimbrel." - "Atlanta Braves won't force issue in search for bullpen depth" - Mark Bowman, braves.com: News

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