Trade Rumors: Chris Snyder, Josh Rodriguez

Snyder could be a good fit for the Red Sox if their catching issues continue.

Two trade rumors from the weekend…

-The Boston Red Sox have a hole at catcher.  Their starter, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is currently off to a .186/.255/.233 start, with 17 stolen bases allowed in 23 attempts over 13 starts.  They have Jason Varitek, although Varitek is off to a worse start at the plate, and isn’t really a starting option behind the plate anymore.  Ken Rosenthal mentioned that if the poor start continues, the Red Sox could look to deal for a catcher.  He mentioned Chris Snyder as a possibility, and added that the Red Sox have been interested in Snyder in the past.

The Pirates are basically paying Snyder $2.75 M this year, due to the $3 M payment from Arizona from the 2010 trade.  They also have Ryan Doumit, who is making $5.2 M this year.  Both players have options in 2012.  Doumit’s will likely be declined, since it is also tied to his 2013 option.  Snyder’s is for $6.75 M, and is a possibility, since the Pirates don’t have any catching options to start the 2012 season, and since Tony Sanchez probably won’t be ready until mid-way through the 2012 season.  This is just a case of Rosenthal mentioning Snyder as a possibility for Boston, but it should be an interesting situation to track.  I don’t think the Pirates would be unwilling to deal Snyder, but I would guess that they’re more open to dealing Doumit, since they’re paying him more to play in a lesser role, and since Snyder’s option is much more favorable to the Pirates.

-Rob Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates are trying to trade Josh Rodriguez, their 2010 Rule 5 pick that was recently designated for assignment to clear space for Brandon Wood.  I can’t imagine the return for Rodriguez would be anything great, since he still has the Rule 5 requirements attached to him.  If no team trades for him, and no team claims him on waivers, the Pirates could try and work out a deal with the Cleveland Indians to retain him.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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