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  1. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  2. Nationals sign catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed veteran catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league contract, according to an announcement from the team. The deal includes a spring training invite. Snyder appeared in nine games with the Orioles this past season, but spent the majority of the season at the Triple-A level. The 32-year-old backstop hit .176/.295/.308 with…

  3. Dodgers release Ramon Castro

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Ramon Castro

    Today’s the day to release veteran catchers on minor-league deals, apparently. This morning the Nationals released Chris Snyder, who immediately signed with the Angels, and now the Dodgers have released Ramon Castro. Castro didn’t play in the majors last season and at age 36 might be out of chances, although he was fairly productive in…

  4. Hank Conger’s throwing problems may cost him Angels’ job

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Hank Conger

    Hank Conger is a former first-round pick and a pretty good prospect who appeared in line to serve as the Angels’ backup catcher this season at age 25, but instead his throwing problems have the team looking for alternatives behind the plate. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times notes that Conger is 0-for-6 throwing…

  5. Chris Snyder signs with Angels after being cut by Nationals

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Snyder

    Six weeks after signing Chris Snyder to a minor-league contract the Nationals released the veteran catcher and according to James Wagner of the Washington Post he immediately inked a new deal with the Angels. Snyder always seemed like an odd fit for the Nationals because if healthy Wilson Ramos was assured of being paired with…

  6. Nationals sign Jeremy Accardo to minor league deal

    Feb 5, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Obviously the Nationals’ stars get most of the attention, but an overlooked part of their offseason is stockpiling a bunch of quality depth. Earlier today the Nationals signed one-time starting catcher Chris Snyder to a minor-league deal in which he basically serves as their insurance for Wilson Ramos and now they’re agreed to a minor-league…

  7. Chris Snyder joins Nationals on minor league contract

    Feb 5, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Chris Snyder

    Injuries have derailed what was a pretty solid career for Chris Snyder and the 32-year-old catcher must not have drawn much interest as a free agent because Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals. Washington was already facing a playing time crunch behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki…

  8. Rangers re-sign non-tendered catcher Geovany Soto

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto was a free agent for right around 48 hours. He re-signed with the Rangers on Sunday night after failing to come to terms on a deal and getting non-tendered on Friday. It’s a one-year pact with the dollars still unknown. Soto, who turns 30 in January, hit .199/.284/.347 in 176 at-bats for the…

  9. Astros decline $4 million option on Chris Snyder

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Chris Snyder

    Chris Snyder hit just .176 in 76 games for the Astros, so not surprisingly they’ve declined his $4 million option for 2013 and will instead pay a $500,000 buyout. Not so long ago Snyder was an established, young starting catcher, but his health and production have both been issues since leaving the Diamondbacks in mid-2010.…

  10. Astros lose Jed Lowrie, Jason Castro to DL

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    Just in time for their rematch against Matt Cain, the Astros put two starters on the disabled list Sunday, Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro. Lowrie, the Astros’ most productive hitter with 14 homers and 36 RBI this season, suffered a sprained ankle during Saturday’s game. Castro, who has a solid .254/.440/.379 line in 169 at-bats,…

  11. Matt Cain sets a new standard for perfection

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    With his 125-pitch gem against the Astros on Wednesday night, Matt Cain entered the history books, throwing the 20th perfect game since 1900 and 22nd in major league history. Cain struck out 14 in the contest, matching Sandy Koufax’s total on Sept. 9, 1965 for the highest strikeout total in a perfect game. That gave…

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

  13. Royals acquire Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois from Astros

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has added a pair of bench players by acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Astros for minor leaguer Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later. Quintero became expendable in Houston with Jason Castro back from injury and veteran Chris Snyder signed this offseason, but his ineptitude offensively…

  14. Astros sign A’s castoff Landon Powell to minor league deal

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Released by the A’s last week, Landon Powell has signed with the Astros on a minor-league contract. Houston was in the market for some catching depth because of Humberto Quintero‘s back problems, although with Jason Castro coming back from a lost season and veteran Chris Snyder signed as a free agent odds are Powell will…

  15. Stephen Strasburg charged with two runs in spring debut

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg held the Astros scoreless into the third, only to give up two runs in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut. Strasburg struck out three and walked none. He allowed a solo homer to Chris Snyder and a double to Jordan Schafer in the third. Schafer came around to score off Tom Gorzelanny…

  16. Running down the rosters: Houston Astros

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The 2012 Astros are pretty sure bets to lose 100 games, with the big question being whether they’ll top last year’s mark of 106 losses. That achievement will be tied to their ability to move the contracts of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee. Ideally, they’d be able to sell off at least the…

  17. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  18. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  19. Astros sign veteran catcher Chris Snyder

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Jason Castro breaking his foot while playing in the Arizona Fall League left the Astros short on catching depth and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran backstop Chris Snyder. Snyder is from Houston and has long been a starting-caliber catcher, but missed most of last season following back surgery…

  20. An updated top 50 free agents

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No.…

  21. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

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