It had seemed that Snider was on his way out with the acquisition of Gerardo Parra, but the club ultimately decided instead to part with Chris Parmelee. Snider did not hang on for much longer, though, ultimately ceding his spot on the ballclub to Lake, who was acquired in return for Tommy Hunter.
Snider came over from the Pirates this winter as Baltimore sought to mix and match pieces to fill in for the departed Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis. There was never much hope of fully replicating their collective production, but the O’s have nevertheless largely been disappointed by their Opening Day corner outfield platoon, leading the team to add Parra.
For Snider, still just 27, the 2014 season looked like something of a breakout, as he slashed .264/.338/.438 with 13 home runs, seemingly making good on his former top-prospect ratings. But he was not able to carry that forward in Baltimore, as his current .659 OPS attests.