Report: Nats likely to trade Snyder

Report: Nats likely to trade Snyder
March 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Blessed with an overflow of catching talent, the Nationals are reportedly shopping veteran Chris Snyder to teams looking for backup help. Ken Rosenthal of reported the news on Twitter and classified it as "likely" he will be moved.

Snyder signed with the Nats in early February, just a week before pitchers and catchers were set to report for 2013 camp. He flashed power early on with a two-run home run in his first spring at-bat, but has otherwise struggled in his eight games with the team. He holds a .222 average this spring with four total hits, a walk, and four strikeouts.

Snyder is on the outside looking in with the Nationals because the team already has Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos in store. With their big league catching situation set, the club also holds Sandy Leon and Jhonatan Solano as minor league depth. Both young backstops made their major league debuts with the Nationals last season.

The one area many would point to as the team's biggest weakness is left-handed relief pitching, but it is unlikely they will get anything significant in return for Snyder. The 32-year-old hit just .176 in 76 games last season with the Houston Astros.