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Blue Jays call off Overbay-for-Snyder trade

Nov 9, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Blue Jays have backed away from a nearly completed Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder trade because of concerns about the catcher’s surgically repaired back. Snyder underwent microdiscectomy surgery in September to relieve pressure on a nerve in his back after hitting just .200/.333/.352 this season in his least playing time since 2004.
He’s expected to be ready for spring training, but with two years and $11.25 million remaining on his contract new general manager Alex Anthopoulos apparently decided against taking the risk on a replacement for free agent Rod Barajas. Piecoro speculates that the Diamondbacks will continue to shop Snyder, who’s purely a backup now that Miguel Montero has emerged as the starter, but may have to wait until spring training to find a taker given the uncertainty surrounding his health.
Also look for Anthopoulos to continue shopping Overbay, because while he had a solid season by hitting .265/.372/.466 in 132 games a mediocre all-around first baseman who’s older than the new GM likely isn’t part of the long-term plan. Overbay has one year and $7 million remaining on his contract, so he’d certainly be a decent fit for contenders looking for a short-term fix at first base and obviously Anthopoulos’ asking price isn’t very high.

  1. Mo Green - Nov 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    I have just one question, but it’s an important question. How is a ‘mediocre all-around first baseman’ also ‘a decent fit for contenders’ whether for a long or short-term fix? Shouldn’t contenders aim higher?
    Seven million sounds like a lot of ducats to give to a 1B who has averaged 17 HR’s per 162 games over his career. And with a lifetime UZR/150 of minus-0.4. Hits like J.T. Snow, fields like the Giambino.

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