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Washington National release Chris Snyder


The Washington Nationals added another veteran catcher to the free agent pool on Monday night, parting ways with Chris Snyder.

The team announced the news.

An offensively inclined catcher, Snyder offered teams some nice pop in a time share during his best years. He hit 10 or more home runs four times in his career and his bat showed some life in Triple-A last year. Unfortunately for him he was not able to persuade the Nationals to keep him around despite batting .294 in 12 games this spring, including a home run and five RBI.

At 33 years old, Snyder is a career .224 hitter. He has played previously for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, and the Baltimore Orioles (kinda, only nine games in 2013). He still has a chance to catch on somewhere, though it might not be right away given his stiff competition in the veteran catcher department.

Here is another chance for us to emphasis a fact that should provide hope for Snyder, Yorvit Torrealba, Miguel Olivo, and veteran catchers everywhere: Henry Blanco, at a spry 42 years old, currently plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. So there is no way we have seen the last of Snyder, right?

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