Snyder is dealing with an arm injury, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. With Trea Turner going down with a fractured wrist Thursday, Snyder could have been a potential call-up to add infield depth for the Nationals. Snyder reportedly suffered the injury Wednesday and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but in any case, he won't be an option to join the big league club any time soon.
Snyder was spotted clearing out his locker Sunday and is expected to be reassigned to the Nationals' minor-league camp, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Snyder was competing for a bench role with the Nationals, but his standing as a non-40-man roster player never gave him much of a realistic chance at beating out Wilmer Difo or Michael Taylor for those duties. He's expected to spend another season at the Triple-A level, where he slashed .327/.358/.442 in 160 plate appearances with Gwinnett in the Braves organization in 2016.
Snyder signed a minor league contract with the Nationals on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Snyder enjoyed one of the best performances of his career at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2016, where he hit .327/.358/.442 across 43 games. Unfortunately, his solid bat didn't follow him up to the majors, where he put up a bleak .239 batting average over 37 games (46 at-bats). The 29-year-old's chance to work his way up to the majors with the Nationals will likely come courtesy of his versatility in the field, as he's played the outfield as well as first and third base throughout his career.
Snyder was designated for assignment by the Braves but opted to become a free agent Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Snyder, a former first-round pick, put up a solid .327/.358/.442 slash line with Triple-A Gwinnett, but his success didn't translate to the big leagues, leading the Braves to send him off the 40-man roster. The 29-year-old has shown some flashes of being a potent hitter, and given his decent defensive versatility, he'll look to garner a bigger role in another organization rather than spend another year in the Braves minor league system.
Snyder was recalled to the majors Thursday. Following the departure of Jeff Francoeur in Wednesday's trade, Snyder will take the vacant spot on the major league roster. He's struggled in limited action in the big leagues this year, but the 28-year-old has excelled with Triple-A Gwinnett, posting a .327/.358/.442 slash line in 43 games this season.
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