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Pirates to decline options on Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder

Oct 21, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

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In news that comes as no surprise to anyone, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com earlier today that he intends to decline club options for catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder after the World Series.

“I hate closing doors,” Huntington said, “but I think it’s realistic to assume that neither option is realistically in play at this point in time.”

Doumit will receive a $500,000 buyout rather than $7.25 million or $8.25 million in 2013. The 30-year-old batted .303/.353/.477 with eight homers and an .830 OPS this season, but missed over two months with an ankle injury. He has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career and is regarded as poor defender, but would be less of a liability in the American League where he could get at-bats as designated hitter.

Snyder will receive a $750,000 buyout rather than $6.75 million next season. The 30-year-old backstop batted .271/.376/.396 with three homers, 17 RBI and a .772 OPS over 119 plate appearances this season, but didn’t appear in another game after undergoing surgery on his lower back in June.

  1. Brian Donohue - Oct 22, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    “no-mitt Doumit” needs to find a home in the AL. Watching him behind the plate this season I was reminded of Angell’s classic description of Choo-Choo Coleman (“he played catcher like a man fending off a swarm of bees”). Clearly, Doumit’s bat will get him a job someplace, and the DH was made for a guy like him.

  2. mattjg - Oct 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    I always thought Snyder was a bit underrated, but he’s certainly not worth $6.75 million, especially not on a team like the Pirates who won’t look to contend in 2012. Between Jaramillo, McKenry and Fryer, the Pirates have at least replacement-level catching options until Tony Sanchez is ready at the beginning of 2013 if not sometime next season.

  3. stairwayto7 - Oct 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Domit to the A’s and Snyder to triple A!

    • Brian Donohue - Oct 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      Exactly — he’d be a solid if not great DH; but I’d still have a separate defensive backup to Suzuki. No-mitt is a switch-hitting run producer with an .800+ OPS: this guy could command $8M+ per season in the AL. But anyone who’s seen him behind the plate knows that he is flat dangerous back there, and would be even as a backup C. If he stays in the NL he’ll need to move 90 ft. and learn to play 1b. But with a staff like the A’s are developing (that kid Gonzalez could be a future Cy candidate), you don’t want a defensive liability behind the plate, even part time.

  4. Graves - Oct 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    You’ve gotta assume the Twins will be in the market for at least one of these two, right?! Mauer is no lock to stay healthy and although neither one is top tier starter, they can both produce enough to be suitable backups.

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