B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest reports that Ian Snell has retired, after being sent to minor league camp by the St. Louis Cardinals. Snell was one of the pitchers competing for a spot as the fifth starter with the Cardinals.
Snell has retired.
Snell joined St. Louis this off-season as a minor league free agent, after being released by the Seattle Mariners. Snell originally had a $6.75 M club option heading in to the year, as part of an extension he signed when he was with the Pirates. The deal was signed three years ago tomorrow.
Snell was traded by the Pirates to the Seattle Mariners on July 30th, 2009, as part of the Jack Wilson trade. At the time he was pitching out of AAA, after putting up a 5.36 ERA in 80.2 innings in the majors, which followed a 2008 season where he had a 5.42 ERA in 164.1 innings. The Pirates sent money to cover the remainder of Snell's 2009 salary, along with money for Wilson's 2009 salary, to improve their return. That return was Jeff Clement,...
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