Nats sign C Chris Snyder to minor league deal

Nats sign C Chris Snyder to minor league deal
December 21, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Nationals signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal on Saturday, bringing the veteran back for a second consecutive spring. Snyder will join the team at big league camp in Viera, Fl. and provide backup catching depth behind Wilson Ramos.

Snyder appeared in eight exhibition games for the Nats last year before he was released. He signed with the Angels for the rest of spring before a trade sent him to the Baltimore Orioles.

Snyder played in just nine games for the Orioles and recorded two hits and a RBI. He spent most of his year at Triple-A Norfolk where he hit .243 with six home runs and 24 RBI in 52 games.

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Snyder will be 33 on Opening Day and is far past his days as a starting catcher. He could have a chance at a roster spot if he beats out Jhonatan Solano, but Solano would seem to have the upperhand. There is also the second half of the offseason ahead of us which could see the Nationals bring in more catching options.