Orioles acquire catcher Chris Snyder from Angels

Orioles acquire catcher Chris Snyder from Angels
April 28, 2013, 10:00 pm
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The Orioles acquired catcher Chris Snyder from the Los Angeles Angels for right-handed pitcher Rob Delaney in a minor league deal on Sunday night.

Orioles executive vice president for baseball operations Dan Duquette announced the acquisition in a text message.

Snyder, who was in Washington Nationals camp this spring, is 32, and he has a .225 average in nine seasons with Arizona, Pittsburgh and Houston.

“Snyder is an experienced catcher (8 plus year) who can handle a pitching staff, slug against lefthanded pitchers and get on base,” Duquette wrote on Sunday night.

The Orioles had been looking to upgrade their catching depth for some time, but when Taylor Teagarden dislocated his left thumb on Saturday, the need became more pressing.

Luis Exposito was recalled from Norfolk on Sunday, but is expected to be designated for assignment when Snyder is activated.

Snyder was released by the Nationals on March 18, and signed with the Angels the same day.

He was batting .342 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs with Salt Lake City, Los Angeles’ Triple-A team.

Delaney signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent in January. He wasn’t invited to major league spring training, but made a few appearances in major league games. In 2010 and 2011, he pitched in five games for Minnesota and Tampa Bay with a 10.50. This year, he was 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA in three games with Norfolk and had recently been assigned to Bowie.