Texas Rangers Add Veteran Catcher Chris Snyder
By Ben Dieter
May 19, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Chris Snyder (48) bats in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Rays defeated the Orioles 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Snyder has spent the better part of ten season in the major leagues, all of that as a catcher. He was a part of the Baltimore Orioles organization last season. Snyder was added to the minor league roster and will be in camp with Texas Rangers for the rest of the week so that the Rangers can see what he has, see if he is a better option than either J.P. Arencibia or Robinson Chirinos. Really he is an insurance policy in case anyone else gets hurt, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Snyder only played in nine games for the O’s last season, and has only played in 119 games over the last three seasons. Snyder is not going to be a starting option in my opinion, the Rangers are just trying to figure out if he is an option at all. Texas Rangers catching prospects Brett Nicholas and Jorge Alfaro just are not ready yet, and so that leaves the Texas Rangers with very little depth at the catchers position. Hey, Yorvit Torrealba is out there….
I totally expect J.P. Arencibia to get the majorities of the starts with Chirinos getting to start once or twice a week. The Texas Rangers really cannot afford any more injuries. This it getting down right scary.