Friday, January 20, 2012

You can never have enough catchers

The Astros have apparently signed catcher Chris Snyder to a 1-year deal with a club option for 2013.

Snyder, a 30-year old out of Spring Woods HS and UofH, is coming off a three-year/$13.5m deal, playing with the Diamondbacks and Pirates.

In 2011, he only played in 34 games, hitting .271/.376/.396, having missed most of 2011 following surgery for a herniated disc.

Overall, he's a fine defensive catcher - posting a .998 Fld% as a catcher - the highest in baseball history for catchers.

In seven seasons with Arizona (2004-10), Snyder posted a .233/.335/.402 line, with his high-water mark coming in 2007, when he hit .237/.348/.452, with 39 extra-base hits, but has posted OPS' of .685, .696, and .772.

Perhaps you remember Chris Snyder from this piece of horrific news, where he and his wife were attacked during a traffic dispute, but Snyder couldn't move following back surgery.

Bottom-line, either Quintero is SOL, or Castro's injury is setting him further back than previously expected.

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