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.
The #Nats have released C Chris Snyder.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 25, 2014
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?