"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."â†µ
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!'â†µ
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.â†µ
For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.