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Red Sox interested in Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder?

Apr 23, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote this morning that Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder is on the Red Sox’s “down-the-road hit list” as a potential midseason trade target. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe also seems to think Snyder is a possible fit.
Arizona spent the offseason trying to deal Snyder, with rumored trades for Lyle Overbay and C.J. Wilson falling through because of questions about his back problems, so it seems likely that he could still be had. However, because Diamondbacks starter Miguel Montero is out for another month or so following knee surgery any Snyder move would have to wait until he returned.
Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek have combined to allow a remarkable 36 steals in 37 attempts through 16 games, leading to speculation that the Red Sox may decide they need a better catch-and-throw guy behind the plate. Snyder doesn’t have a great arm and has thrown out just 3-of-13 steal attempts so far this season, but is at a solid 32 percent for his career and would at the very least stop teams from running at will.
Complicating a Snyder-to-Boston deal is that the Red Sox would have to move Victor Martinez out from behind the plate, which would likely also involve benching David Ortiz. Beyond that Snyder is under contract for $5.75 million in 2011 with a $6.75 million option or $750,000 buyout for 2012, so bringing him in would seemingly make it far more likely that Boston would let Martinez walk as a free agent this offseason. While a great-hitting catcher, Martinez would be merely a good-hitting (and very expensive) designated hitter.

  1. Saul - Apr 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Good thats what Yankee fans want is them to let go of Victor so that the Yankees can pick him up, he’s a class act and good catcher he just belongs in pinstripes & as for Varitek hes all done mabey 1 the most 2 years left as mlb catcher.

  2. Eat a Peach - Apr 24, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    Hell, they’re interested in Yogi Berra.

  3. dp - Apr 24, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    At this point , anyone that can throw a ball back to the pitcher , would get their attention . That’s only one of many problems that team has . Third or fourth place is where they’ll end up . The sux fans deserve all the bad that team can deliver .

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