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Pirates' Chris Snyder: I Didn't Earn My Option, But It Exists

Pirates catcher Chris Snyder would like the team to exercise the $6.75 million option on him for 2012, which leads to one of the more absurd quotes associated with the Bucs this year.

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"It's a team option, so the ball's in their court," Snyder said Tuesday. "Did I do anything production-wise to earn that option? I don't really think I did. But, it's there and it was negotiated."

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Got that? 'I've got this option. I didn't really earn it, and the Pirates are under no obligation to exercise it. But, uh, it exists! So there!'

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It actually might be nice to have Snyder back, since the Pirates don't have any catcher in the organization who looks likely to hit much at the big-league level next year (except the similarly-fragile Ryan Doumit, who also has a club option that will also be declined). Snyder does at least hit a little when he's healthy. But $6.75 million is far too much to pay for a catcher in his 30s who can't stay on the field.

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