Nationals To Sign Chris Snyder

The Nationals have agreed to sign catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter). LSW Baseball represents Snyder.

Snyder, who turns 32 in a week, appeared in 76 games for the Astros this past season. He posted a .176/.295/.308 batting line in 258 plate appearances, adding seven home runs. The Astros declined a $4MM option on Snyder after the regular season, choosing a $500K buyout instead.

The Nationals' roster already includes catchers Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos. Snyder, Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon provide the Nationals with additional catching depth. As MLBTR’s Free Agent Tracker shows, the market for catchers looks thin now that teams are bolstering their depth in anticipation of Spring Training. Rod Barajas and Matt Treanor remain unsigned.



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