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Solano and Leon aren’t the only options for job, as the Nationals signed Chris Snyder to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league Spring Training in December.
Snyder, 32, has appeared in 715 major league games with four teams over his ten-year career. The veteran catcher posted a .273/.330/.477 line with 14 doubles and 13 home runs in 73 games and 286 plate appearances with the Angels’ and Orioles’ Triple-A affiliates last season. Snyder hasn’t had a ton of offensive success in the majors, hitting .224 over his career, but his experience and veteran presence could be a major asset for a young team like the Nationals. Snyder will have plenty of motivation, as he could make over $1 million if he makes the team out of Spring Training.