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 #Nats have agreed to terms with catcher Chris Snyder on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 21, 2013
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:
Chris Snyder has reached agreement with the #nationals on a minor league deal. He'll compete for a backup job there.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 21, 2013
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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