Was Travis Snider's poor season due to his injured toe, or just genuine struggles? (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Sign Travis Snider for $1.2 M

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Travis Snider for $1.2 M, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

The one-year deal means that the Pirates and Snider will avoid arbitration. Snider was projected to make $1.4 M through the arbitration process. He’s out of options, so he should be a lock for the active roster, splitting time with Jose Tabata in right field to start the season.

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  • johndw28

    I know I’m in the minority but liking this move. Glad we didn’t give up on Lunchbox. Have a hunch he turns it around this year maybe he can fetch us something good at trade deadline.

    • Sean Epstein

      We’ll the Pirates clearly think that the toe injury is the reason for Snider slide after a strong April.

    • freddylang

      I am rooting for Snider to at least be some semblance of Garrett Jones offensively but I think he is with the Bucs for lack of not much else and I could see Dickerson getting Snider’s starts because he has proven to be a better player than Snider. Snider is another fallen prospect flyer like Clement or Wood from the Angels…or Andy Marte…or even worse Andy LaRoche…I don’t fault NH for trying to refurbish these once prospects but he’s had a lot more luck with pitchers. Snider has a -0.1 WAR over his last 776 AB…I could easily see them eating a mil after releasing him in early May. Oh well, Snider is a good guy and hopefully they don’t have to give up on him before he leaves and Brandon Mosses us!

      • Cato the Elder


  • piraterican21

    I’m with you guys, I still believe that he could be a very productive of, but then again, I want Marte to be traded for Giants 1b Belt and believe that either Snider or Tabata could handle the of until Polanco arrives and take over LF.

    • SteveW

      Marte for Belt?? You must be a Giants fan.

      • Y2JGQ2

        Anyone ever think of having Snider play First base? Not any worse than the options we already have. Give him more value….

        Anyways- Marte for Belt- I actually think thats a really solid move. Belt long term will be a better hitter than Marte, sorry guys, its just a fact. He’s really strong defensively as well. Who cares about control, we’ll have him so we can sign him if we so desire, Marte will cost a heck of a lot more down the line i’d think. Marte plays a position where he’s going to have a TON of value to another team…..more than Belt, plugging him into that vast outfield in s.f. would be huge for them and We need Belt starting in 2015 more than we need Marte quite honestly with all of our outfield prospects. Would I want more than Belt? Sure, but I wouldn’t need a top ten prospect, top 20 maybe.

        • csnumber23

          Y2J- How is it a fact because you say so LOL – you are a hilarious and clueless! Marte is 10 time the player Belt will ever be and I am one who likes Belt. Marte will be a super star very soon. Thank god you aren’t the GM of the Pirates!

  • buster09

    Are you serious ? I like Belt,but no way you make that trade.

    • leefoo


      Now Snider for Belt…now we’re talkin’ :) :)

    • jaygray007

      i know i’d like that trade, as long as the giants threw in a decent prospect. Marte IS more valuable because he has one more year of control (including one more dirt cheap year).

      I’d love to see that .360 OBP in front of cutch.

      BUT the giants won’t make that deal. not because it wouldnt be fair but because it wouldnt make sense for their team. they wouldnt have a first baseman and would have too many outfielders.

    • freddylang

      I’d take belt in a second in some other deal…but the Giants know Belt is probably headed for a breakout. He was .326 avg and .900+ OPS in the second half. The only thing he has yet to do is hit a lot of homers…but he had 60XBH last year.

      Marte played like a 6.0+ WAR player despite glaring flaws with plate discipline. 20% more walks and 20% less strikeouts would be a nice start for Marte this year. That would put him around 40 BB to go with double digit HBP…and under 150K. If he can’t get near those numbers I don’t see how he can continue to hit .270-.280

  • JoseGuillensArm

    Anyone see that Peguero was just DFA’d by the Mariners? Lefty, heavy split guy with a lot of power but can’t hit lefties. Might be an interesting guy to try opposite gabby in the platoon at 1B or at the very least push Lambo in ST. One issue is he hasn’t played much first in his career but at 6’4″ 250ish he fits the bill pretty well as a transition guy

    • leefoo


      “The 26-year-old Peguero offers tremendous left-handed power but struggles against left-handed pitching and has long had a serious problem with strikeouts. He batted .260/.321/.460 in 505 Triple-A plate appearances last season and boasts a career .230 ISO (slugging minus batting average) in the minor leagues. However, Peguero has batted just .195/.242/.380 in the Majors.

      Baseball America ranked him among Seattle’s Top 30 prospect four times, twice placing him as high as No. 11. In their most recent write-up, they noted Peguero’s freakish athleticism and surprising speed for a 6’5″, 247-pound player, stating that he could be an average defender at a corner outfield spot. However, they also noted that he’s likely a platoon player that will always post troubling strikeout numbers due to an inability to recognize breaking pitches.”

      • leefoo

        I’d rather try Lambo.

        • JoseGuillensArm

          Don’t get me wrong I think Lambo deserves a long look but given Neil’s past moves of dealing for former top prospects I think this move wouldn’t be too far fetched. Somebody will take a flyer on him so why not if he won’t cost anyone of value.

        • jon6er

          Still can’t figure out where people keep throwing names out there that will cost more money, have no more or even less upside than Lambo.

  • Roberrto21

    No way on earth should the Pirates consider trading Starling Marte for Belt. Just checked, Belt has managed 24 HRs in about 1000 ABs for the Giants in 2012 & 2013 – that is not what I would call outstanding power (7 HRs in 2012!). Starling surely could improve plate discipline but he is already a premier defender in LF ( a “second” CFer is needed in PNC for the position and Starling fits the bill) – he has an awesome throwing arm and speed in the field and on the bases. Time will tell but he has the look of an outstanding player. I think the smarter bet is to see if Lambo is legit and keep Starling right where he belongs.

  • LongJohnSilver

    How about taking a flyer on Wilson Betemit? Lost last season to a knee injury but he is a free agent, and can play 3rd base where we are weak in the reserve role.

  • csnumber23

    Haha, unbelievable that I come on here and again see people suggesting we trade Starling Marte. Where do you people come from? Now you want to trade him for a platoon first baseman. Marte has played 1 full year and should have won the gold glove and if didn’t miss a month would have won the stolen base title. He has 5 more years of control and isn’t even arb eligible for a couple more. Not to mention I think it is highly likely he signs a team friendly extension.

    You guys want to trade him for a decent left handed hitting first baseman is laughable. In the next couple years when Marte is hitting around .300 with 20 homers and 50 steals, I hope you remember your absurd suggestion, oh and not to mention the future gold gloves he will get.

    Tabata and say Heredia for Belt would make a hell of a lot more sense.

    Along with loving the way the kid plays the game, this is another reason Starling is my current favorite player. I live about 10 minutes from PNC park and the disrespect Marte gets from so called Pirate fans baffles me.

    • larrynez

      I agree, it would be crazy to even consider trading Marte,He is probably the closest thing I have seen to a Clemente type in years. Just his approach and sometimes reckless style remind me of Roberto. I am not saying he will be that Great but he has all the tools. Just think how bad the Dodgers felt a few years after letting the Bucs claim him in the rule 5.I cant wait till mid summer to see the BEST outfield in baseball together. I am very excited to see Polanco with Cutch and Marte..Everyone just needs to be patient.

  • tlstates

    Marte for Belt would be ludicrous. Belt may put it together, but I wouldn’t even want to trade Heredia for him. The only player I think would be worth trading for is Chris Sale. He most likely isn’t available and the Sox put out that they would listen just in case a team wanted to go crazy on an offer, but he would be worth it. Great contract and a dominant lefty.. I would have no qualms giving up Hanson, Heredia, maybe Barnes and Holmes, and then offering to throw Wandy in and eat his salary to make it happen. The Sox would never go for it, but I would do it in a second. After Hanson and Heredia the other two prospects could be negotiated, and you could swap Locke for Wandy as well.

  • PiratesForever

    I don’t like this move because once Polanco comes up he will be out of options he will eventually fit in Triple-A but once the other Pirates prospects come up he wont have no where to go.

  • capirate

    Once Polanco comes up, either Snider or Tabata will be released or traded. You would still have Jaff Decker (or Lambo if he doesn’t work out at 1st) as depth in AAA.

    With Marte, McCutchen, and Polanco, the Pirates won’t need a 4th outfielder capable of playing center field. They can keep someone based upon lefty/righty hitting or some other attribute to balance the bench.

  • CalipariFan506

    He reminds me of Brandon Moss and I think that’s why the Pirates are reluctant to give up on him.

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