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Ian Snell comes out of retirement, signs with Dodgers

May 25, 2011, 6:07 PM EST

Ian Snell AP

Veteran right-hander Ian Snell, who said he was retiring after he failed to make the Cardinals this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Snell was reassigned to minor league camp by the Cardinals on March 15 after giving up two runs in two innings during Grapefruit League play.   The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in eight starts and four relief appearances for the Mariners last season.

Utilizing a 91-95 mph fastball and a plus slider, Snell went 14-11 with a 4.74 ERA for the Pirates in 2006 and 9-12 with a 3.76 ERA in 2007, striking out 346 batters between the two season. 

Unfortunately, his command regressed from there, he lost a little bit off his fastball and he never did come up with a quality third pitch.  In 191 1/3 innings during 2009 and 2010, he had just about as many walks (108) as strikeouts (115).

The Dodgers could use some starting pitching depth, so they’ll stash him away in Triple-A and see what happens.  Odds are that not much will come of it.

  1. spudchukar - May 25, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Shouldn’t there be some sort of recompense paid to St. Louis. I mean you can’t just quit one team and join another.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      The Cardinals could have retained his rights if they wished, but they released him last month after he said he was weighing a return.

  2. skipp504 - May 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    As a Dodgers fan, why do we think we can turn every bum into the next Jose Lima?

  3. SmackSaw - May 25, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Bring back Jason Schmidt

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