Nationals Likely To Trade Chris Snyder


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Nationals catcher Chris Snyder is drawing interest from teams in search of a backup. Snyder specifically listed the Angels as a potential suitor, and the Mariners have also reportedly been in search of a backup catcher in recent weeks.

Mar 9, 2013; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Chris Snyder (7) against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Snyder is currently in major-league camp with the Nationals, and has hit .222 with a home run, four hits and two RBIS across 18 at-bats in eight games. With Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki, as well as Jhonathan Solano and Sandy Leon in the fold at catcher, Snyder is quite expendable.

Although Snyder would probably not fetch a huge return in a trade, the Nationals would be smart to investigate the market if they planned on releasing him anyway. The Nationals love depth, and adding to that depth via trade is never a bad option.

Snyder last played in the big leagues with the Astros in 2012, hitting .178 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. The Astros declined his $4-million club option this offseason, and he signed a minor-league pact with the Nationals on February 5.