The Pirates are talking with the Diamondbacks about a possible trade for catcher Chris Snyder, say Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi:
The Diamondbacks’ recent trades of Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson suggest they are trying to trim payroll. A Snyder trade would accomplish the same thing, as long as they didn’t have to pay his entire salary.
Snyder is earning $4.75 million this year. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, he is due $5.75 million next year, followed by a $6.75 million club option or $750,000 buyout in 2012.
Snyder has a hard time hitting for average, but his power makes him an asset at the plate, and his defense is better than Ryan Doumit’s is (which I realize isn’t necessarily saying much). This isn’t the first time Snyder’s name has been mentioned in connection to the Pirates. If there’s something to it, it could mean that Ryan Doumit is on his way out, although I can’t believe that Doumit’s trade value is high right now.