Ian Snell Considering Return

It's been less than a month since Ian Snell abruptly announced his retirement, but the right-hander is now considering a return according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich

"He told the world he's retiring, and that's what we thought was going to happen," said Joe Sroba, Snell's agent. Sroba said further news about a potential return could come within a week, and that the Cardinals were a possibility. Snell had been in camp with St. Louis as a non-roster player before retiring.

Snell, 29, had his best season with the Pirates in 2007, when he posted a 3.76 ERA in 208 innings. That performance earned him a three-year, $8.6MM extension, but he quickly lost effectiveness.

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  1. YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

    Not really surprising.. There aren’t many 29 year olds who can stay away from the game.

  2. Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

    Yeah, come on Ian…Come back.

    Surely, it’s quite difficult to understand how a player in his situation felt (I mean, he spend almost three seasons just doing almost nothing productive on the mound). However, there are plenty of teams that continue to seek starting pitching and as the season progresses there are more and more teams that have pressing needs.

    For one, I think almost any team makes sense on a Minor League Deal. I think coming back would obviously be smart though.

  3. Dave Duncan could change some mechanics and then he would be better than franklin! Then again, Duncan himself is better than Franklin.

  4. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    Forget Manny, this is Ian being Ian.

    • Dave_Gershman 4 years ago


    • grownice 4 years ago

      Congrats bro , best of luck!

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      I think it’s Reality being Reality. He’s a 29yr old who has still not made a huge amount of money in his career and is faced with having to go to work for a living. Given the options, damn right he’s going to un-retire!

      • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

        He’s made over 8 million. I could settle nicely with that amount of cash.

        • Slopeboy 4 years ago

          While $8 million is a lot of money to us average fans, remember that amount is taxed at about 40%, give or take a few % points. Take in agents and other expenses including taxes on any savings and as well as investments and it’s not all that wonderful a life as it sounds.

          I don’t profess to know him but I know that amount won’t set him up for a lifetime, at the age of 29 unless he lives really really modestly. What I do know is that going to a Ball Park to play every day beats going to a job any day.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      I hope this doesn’t cut in to your posts on mlbtr!

    • Hits & Gigs 4 years ago

      you could probably start for the yankees…

      • johnnythoren3 4 years ago

        or pirates or nats or cubs or orioles….probably a couple more out there to, not high on Ian but there are some God awful rotations out there right now

        • goner 4 years ago

          the Pirates? Really?

          Even if they needed him (who would Snell displace right now? Brian Burres, at AAA?), I’m pretty sure that bridge got torched.

    • You should look into finding a new position. Perhaps SS for the Astros. Or 2B for the Astros. Or 3B for the Astros…..

      • Wait I’m confused is Ian_Smell Ian Snell or just playing the part like he did last year whenever there was news about him?

  5. indybucfan 4 years ago

    Ian Snell lacks the intestinal fortitude to be successful in the major leagues. This is the guy who asked to be sent to AAA because he couldn’t handle the pressure of the major leagues. Even if the Pirates were desparate for pitching (and they usually are), I’d rather go in any other direction than Snell.

  6. Guest 4 years ago

    You weren’t missed.

  7. Boogey_Down_Bronx 4 years ago

    Yankees anybody?

    • nathanalext 4 years ago

      Too late.. They already signed Carlos Silva. any bets on who is worse?

  8. Dodgerblue18 4 years ago

    I’m pretty sure he just didn’t want to be on the Pirates anymore.

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