Tag:Chris Snyder
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Who could Giants pursue at catcher?

By Evan Brunell

Now that the Giants have had some time to evaluate Eli Whiteside as a starting catcher, they're readying to acquire a new catcher -- if not two, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Whiteside has been the Giants' backup catcher since the beginning of 2009 but hasn't shown any capability with the stick. He's at .164/.266/.255 in 64 plate appearances and as the Mercury News days, has fared poorly on throws to second base and allowing too many passed balls or dropped pitches.

Now, it appears the Giants are ready to move on. One name being mentioned is Ivan Rodriguez, awho is transitioning into a backup role and would find more playing time in San Francisco. However, there are two major roadblocks: Rodriguez is struggling at the plate himself and reportedly told the Nationals he does not want to be traded. While I-Rod would contribute to the Giants on defense and intangibles, the combination of no stick and desire to be traded despite being moved into a backup role could be enough to scare San Francisco away, at least for now.

Not counting the flotsam that's floating around (lookin' at ya, Matt Treanor), here's a look at what catchers could be considered for San Francisco:

SnyderDoumitChris Snyder and Ryan Doumit, Pirates: Snyder (left) was acquired from the Diamondbacks last season and has a .263/.371/.389 line in 118 plate appearances and has been battling Doumit for playing time all season. Snyder was a bit of a contract dump last year, but has rebounded nicely after two sub-par seasons. He is due $5.75 million this year with a $750,000 buyout of a $6.75 million club option. The Pirates also have $3 million in their pocket from the Diamondbacks to help defray both his 2010 and 2011 salaries. While his power still hasn't returned, he's a strong defensive catcher with a great OBP that would profile well with the Giants and their miserable .306 OBP. Doumit (right) isn't as good a fit as he's defensively challenged and injury prone but does have a .269/.333/.441 mark in 103 plate appearances. He wouldn't be that bad as a stopgap if the club really wants power. But Snyder's defense and on-base pop should outweigh the added power Doumit brings. The Pirates would accept a minor-league player or young major leaguer, so a fit wouldn't be difficult to find.

BarajasRamon Hernandez, Reds: Hernandez is working on just a one-year deal for $3 million and has a career-best .902 OPS in splitting time with Ryan Hanigan. The 35-year-old has a .312/.374/.528 line and solid defensive production, so it's hard to argue that he wouldn't be the perfect fit. But the Reds are trying to win games themselves, and Ryan Haniganhas yet to deliver on the promise of 2010. Devin Mesoraco is ripping apart Triple-A, but Cincy is no hurry to move on from Hernandez and it will take a competitive offer for the Reds to part with Hernandez -- an offer that is probably out of the Giants' price range.

BarajasRod Barajas, Dodgers: Yeah, the Dodgers are a division rival and are hanging tough in the division at 29-33 and 5 1/2 games out, one of -- if not both -- the win-loss record or games behind figures will likely dip and put L.A. into selling mode the closer the deadline arrives. It doesn't hurt that owner Frank McCourt is scrambling to cut corners in order to meet payroll and keep his team. Barajas is at .208/.271/.371 on the year, putting him squarely in the flotsam category, but really, he's the best of that grouping as he's capable of knocking 20 home runs. If he starts hitting better, the Giants could be interested. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was Sabean's right-hand man for many years so there is a rapport there.

MathisJeff Mathis, Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia loves Mathis, even though Mathis couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he tried. Owner of a career 48 OPS+ (that's OPS relative to the league, with 100 average, so he's miles worse than the average league hitter), he's been especially putrid this season with a .207/.237/.279 line while splitting time with Hank Conger and making Bobby Wilson get splinters on the bench. As much as Scioscia values Mathis's defense, Conger is the catcher of the future and the Angels may still be able to extract some value for Mathis in a trade given his defensive reputation. If the Giants can't find a bat to replace Posey, they can at least find an elite defender.

FloresJesus Flores, Nationals: A bit of a surprise name here. Flores was a Rule 5 pick of the Nationals way back in 2007 and received the bulk of playing time in 2008 with 324 plate appearances. He hit for a .256/.296/.402 line. He broke out in 2009 with a .301/.375/.505 mark in 29 games before biting the dust with a right shoulder stress fracture that finished his 2009 season and kept him out of the 2010 season as well. He's been predominantly playing in Triple-A this year but has struggled to get back in the groove with a .243/.262/.360 line in 36 games. He offers upside and could get better as the season goes on and is just 26. He could be a flier for Sabean and provide some depth at the position once Posey returns. He could also offer insurance should Posey not return as catcher. The Nationals wouldn't want to deal him at such a low trade value, though, which could affect things.

That's really it for catchers who currently have significant roles and could be considered a significant upgrade. It's very difficult to find an elite catcher like the Giants had in Posey, which makes it all the more devastating a blow. It's going to be impossible for the team to replace Posey's production behind the plate, which means it needs to look elsewhere for upgrades, like cutting bait with Miguel Tejada, which may occur shortly.

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Doumit out a month with broken ankle

Ryan Doumit

By C. Trent Rosecrans

You know, it's not going to cause outrage like another play at the plate, but Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is out at least a month with a fractured left ankle, the Pirates announced on Twitter.

Doumit was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with what was then termed a sprained ankle, but it's apparently more than that.

Doumit was hurt on a play at the plate in the second inning of Sunday's loss to the Cubs. He didn't get run over like Buster Posey, but he showed that even if a player slides, it can still be dangerous. Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena slid while trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Doumit was blocking the plate with his left leg and Pena's hard slide hurt Doumit's ankle. The difference between Doumit's injury and Posey's is the lack of ligament damage in Doumit's ankle.

Doumit was hitting .269/.333/.441 with four home runs this season. The team called up catcher Dusty Brown on Monday to help replace Doumit.

The Pirates' biggest loss isn't as much on the field as it is having Doumit as a trade chip. Any team that trades for Doumit will have to see that he's healthy before pulling the trigger on a trade. Luckily, if he's only out a month, he'll have nearly a month to prove himself before the trade deadline.

The Pirates are looking to trade him because he's in the final year of a three-year contract that pays $5.1 million this season with a club option for the next two seasons at a total of $15.5 million, which the team may not be able to afford -- or may simply not desire to pay. Pittsburgh also has a $6.75 million option on Chris Snyder, and the team's top prospect is catcher Tony Sanchez, who is currently at Double-A and hitting .271/.378/.368.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 11:14 am
 

Pepper: Radar-gun manipulation

By Evan Brunell

BASEBALL TODAY: How big of a surprise has Freddy Garcia been for the Yankees? Will Max Scherzer remain unbeaten? Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to answer those questions and more.

RADAR GUN SHENANIGANS: As pitch F/X takes hold across all of baseball, it's meant the decline of radar-gun manipulation, which used to be an asset to teams.

While radar guns still vary from stadium to stadium (the Angels and Rangers reportedly run a bit slow), it's become difficult for teams to jigger radar-gun readings on the scoreboard to their advantage.

Current Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers recalled situations in San Diego when the team would purposely reduce the velocity of Brad Penny's fastballs, causing the hurler to get upset that he wasn't throwing as hard as he thought. That made Penny -- with the Dodgers at the time -- start throwing harder, which in turn made his fastball elevate for the hitter's liking.

The pitch F/X system is automatic and feeds directly to the scoreboard, so the lack of a middleman cuts out shenanigans that could otherwise take place. However, some stadiums may still manipulate readings despite annual reminders from the league not to do so.

Radar-gun readings became an issue last week when Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman was registered as throwing 93-94 mph with his fastball. That led to much concern, with many wondering if Chapman was injured. He's back to 100-plus these days, so everything is fine, but one can't help but wonder if San Diego was gaming the system, given their current reputation as a stadium where radar-gun readings are low despite having switched over to the pitch F/X system. (Arizona Republic)

WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAD OFF: A leadoff man is responsible for getting on base. Period. Stolen bases can be a nice luxury, but too many teams act as if the flip's true. (New York Times)

THE STATE OF ELLSBURY: Jacoby Ellsbury is currently in the midst of a hot streak which has seen his return to the leadoff spot in the lineup. But it's still unclear what Ellsbury really is as a hitter. To stay as leadoff man, Ellsbury needs to get on base. (Boston Globe)

BACK TO O'MALLEY? Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley could be back to the rescue, as he may be gearing up for an eventual run at taking the team back. A Dodgers executive revealed that O'Malley has lined up two "big time" investors if -- or when -- Frank McCourt sells the club. (KLAC 570 AM)

DEFENSIVE WHIZ: Alcides Escobar doesn't even have a month's tenure with the team but is already being discussed as the best defensive Royals shortstop in franchise history. (FOX Sports Kansas City)

SLOW GOING: Chris Snyder now has the ignominious lable of slowest runner in the game now that Bengie Molina has retired (brother Jose and Yadier are, somehow, faster). In fact, Snyder has never stolen a base in a game and should end up in second place by the end of the season behind Russ Nixon, a catcher in the 60s, for most plate appearances without a steal. (Wall Street Journal)

ADJUSTING: Corey Hart has only just returned to the lineup for the Brewers, and he's not pleased with where he is swing is despite collecting two hits in his return. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

LAWN CARE: Former major leaguer and current minor-league manager Delino DeShields knows what its like to have a heralded prospect with his son, Delino Jr., in the Astros system. Funny thing, though -- his former landscaper does, too. Cecil Newton saw his son, Cam, go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft Thursday night. (Dayton Daily News)

HOME RUN! Only in this day and age can you read a story written by a fan -- also a ball-catcher who has over 4,000 baseballs caught -- on how he caught someone's first major-league home run and what it was like to meet the player. That's what happened here, and it's a nice behind-the-scenes telling of what happens when you catch such an important ball. Of course, it helps when the batter, Mike Nickeas, is "genuinely awesome." (MLBlogs.com)

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:59 am
 

Pepper: The appendectomy brothers



By Matt Snyder


Sluggers Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have both undergone appendectomies thus far in the new baseball season. We know this. We also know that the usual length of missed time following such a procedure is around four weeks, and that Andres Torres missing just under two weeks last season was a pretty fast return.

Apparently that's not good enough for Holliday and Dunn.

Holliday is set to return to the lineup Sunday, which would mean he'd only have missed seven games. (MLB.com ) Dunn seems ready to scoff at such a figure, as he is shooting for five days (his procedure was Wednesday). He took some cuts Sunday morning and reportedly felt "OK." (Chicago Sun Times )

This is a testament to the toughest of the players and modern medicine. Major props are due to everyone involved.

ZIMMERMAN HURT?
Ryan Zimmerman appeared to injure his hand Saturday night and is out of the lineup Sunday. More details are sure to follow. (Washington Post )

DEMOTION COMING: Chris Snyder is going to be joining the Pirates soon, which will force Jason Jaramillo back to Triple-A, as the team has no plans to carry three catchers or move Ryan Doumit out from behind the plate. (Bucco Blog )

HELTON'S ACHY BREAKY BACK: Todd Helton missed Saturday's game with back pain. We've seen this before, so hopefully it gets cleared up soon. Helton did note his back locked up similarly to something that happened in spring training and it only lasted a "couple of days" then. (Denver Post )

THE MENTOR: Ivan Rodriguez is helping Nationals reliever Drew Storen learn the mental side of pitching

“Last year, I was amazed,” Storen said. “When I would go out and pitch, I would just let him call it. The way my mind works was so amateur compared to him. He just calls such a polished game. It’s just like, ‘Wow.’ So now I’m starting to get it. Now I’m starting to think on the same lines as him, which shows you how I’ve learned from him. I pretty much feel like I’m a passenger when he’s out there. I don’t have to think. He knows what I’m comfortable with, and he knows what the best approach is.” (Washington Post )

That's saying a lot coming from Storen. He's one of the more cerebral players in the league and graduated from Stanford. Then again, he was only four years old when Rodriguez entered the league. It's nice to see a youngster knowing what he doesn't know and striving to learn.

MANNYLESS TROP: The Rays have cancelled all merchandise sales and giveaways relating to Manny Ramirez, for obvious reasons. This includes wigs of his dreads and a bobblehead giveaway. Nooooooo! (Tampabay.com )

AWFUL NEWS: A Pirates usher was found dead early Saturday morning lying face down in the street and bleeding from an apparent head injury. His car is missing, too, so there appears to be foul play involved. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review )

GOOD NEWS: Luis Salazar is ready to return to his job as manager of the Braves' Class A affiliate (Lynchburg) this coming Friday. He has been sidelined for over a month after taking a line drive to the face and subsequently losing his eye. Of course, his life was in danger for a bit, so returning to the dugout is huge. Good for him. (AJC.com )

NO HARD FEELINGS: Chris Archer was dealt by the Cubs to the Rays in the Matt Garza trade, but he's not angry with the Cubs for doing so.

"When you get traded it's always a little bittersweet, but a team wants you," Archer said. "One team is willing to get rid of you for a big-name player and then one team wants you. Either way you look at it, I wasn't mad. I was wanted and it was for a big-name player, a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues. Why would I be mad? If that's what the package is worth for a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues, I'm happy with that." (Chicago Tribune )

It doesn't seem like a big deal, but I've seen far too many players act like there's some huge disrespect factor tied to getting traded. Good thing Archer isn't one of those.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:06 am
Edited on: July 31, 2010 10:38 am
 

Pirates to acquire Snyder from Arizona

UPDATE : The Diamondbacks will receive infielder Bobby Crosby and outfielder Ryan Church in the deal, reports Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. Both players have no future in Arizona, so this was strictly a salary dump for Arizona. Cant blame them. -- Evan Brunell

John Perrotto of baseballprospectus.com reports via Twitter that the Pirates are taking catcher Chris Snyder off the Diamondbacks' hands, pending Major League Baseball approval of the money Arizona is sending in the deal.

The Diamondbacks have been trying to unload Snyder's contract -- he's making $4.75 million this year, set to make $5.75 million next year and is owed at least a $750,000 buyout for 2012. He's batting just .231 this season. No word on players headed Arizona's way or how much mony is changing hands, but you have to assume the D-backs are eating a lot of Snyder's salary.

Snyder will apparently become the Pirates' everyday catcher, supplanting the injured Ryan Doumit.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Diamondbacks still looking to deal

Chris Snyder Dan Haren has been dispatched to Anaheim, but that's not likely to be the last of the news coming out of the desert this week.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com said Monday the Diamondbacks are open to offers for at least four more players: catcher Chris Snyder, right-hander Edwin Jackson, reliever Chad Qualls and first baseman Adam LaRoche.

A report earlier in the day by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said the Red Sox had offered reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Mets for Rod Barajas before Barajas ended up hurt. That would indicate Boston is interested in shoring up at catcher (even with Monday's return of Victor Martinez), and obviously the Diamondbacks are desperate for anything resembling an even remotely competent reliever. Would the Sox make the same deal for Snyder that they were prepared to make for Barajas?

Jackson has been connected to the Nationals, though you wonder how interested the Diamondbacks are in parting with two-fifths of their starting rotation wihin a few days.

This week could be important to interim GM Jerry DiPoto, who is considered a longshot to keep the job. Some good trades might help -- and if he can get someone to take Chad Qualls (1-4, 8.49 ERA) off their hands, he might be the Diamondbacks' employee of the month..

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Latest on Haren

Dan Haren Yes, that's a photo of Dan Haren spitting suflower shells during Friday night's game. The way people are burning through Haren file art, expect to see photos of him grocery shopping and tying his shoes if this thing drags on much longer.

At any rate, rumors about Haren's imminent departure from Arizona abound today, most of them centering around the Yankees.

According to Twitter links from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees and Diamondbacks seem to be haggling over who pays how much of the $33 million due Haren on the rest of his contract, and how the financial obligation affects what players move.

The Diamondbacks wanted the Yankees to take all of Haren's salary and send them a package that included Joba Chamberlain. That's not happening. They countered with, instead of Chamberlian, sending pitching prospects Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and two others. And the Diamondbacks apparently are trying to unload Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder (who has at least $6.5 million left on his contract after this year) in the deal, but the Yankees have balked. Aaron Heilman also has been mentioned as a possible throw-in by Arizona.

A source tells the New York Daily News the Yankees want to make the deal, but "but not at all costs." Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic quotes D-backs CEO Derrick Hall as saying the Yankees are involved, but not necessarily the front-runner.

Bottom line: It seems a virtual certainty Haren will move, and the Diamondbacks are targeting pitching and holding out for the best deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Report: D'Backs ask BoSox about Snyder

Chris Snyder The Arizona Diamondbacks have been trying to move catcher Chris Snyder for months, and that's not changing even under a brand-new regime.

Peter Gammons is reporting that the Diamondbacks' new GM, Jerry DiPoto, called Boston and asked if they were interested in Snyder after losing Jason Varitek to injury.

Snyder was supposed to be Arizona's long-term catcher after hitting .237/.348/.452 in 404 plate appearances. He inked a three-year extension worth $14.25 million but missed time to back surgery in 2009, sinking to a .200/.333/.352 line in 202 plate appearances as Miguel Montero wrested the starting job away from Snyder.

Now, Snyder finds himself stuck in an unwieldy contract that is too expensive for a backup but without any playing time to prove his abilities. However, Snyder has lucked into regular playing time due to Montero's knee injury requiring surgery. Snyder has a .238/.356/.442 mark in 206 plate appearances, proving himself valuable to a team willing to take the risk on Snyder's back.

Arizona thought they had a deal to move Snyder to Toronto in the offseason for Lyle Overbay before the Jays scuttled the deal. Snyder is actually a very intriguing target for Boston, as the club has no viable starting catcher for 2011. Jason Varitek is a backup while Victor Martinez is best suited to first base and is a free agent. The team does have Luis Exposito and Adalberto Ibarra in the farm, but both are a ways off.

Snyder could be a very capable starter in 2011 and if he performs, there is a $6.75 million club option for 2012. There is also the potential for Snyder to slide into the backup role.

However, Martinez is due back shortly and despite Varitek's six-week absence due to a broken foot, he is likely to be Boston's backup catcher for at least the next couple of years. There doesn't seem to be a great fit. Most teams have their catching situations settled (although Snyder would be a great upgrade in Detroit) so Arizona will likely have to wait until the offseason to swap Snyder.

-- Evan Brunell

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