Snyder is still with the Diamondbacks … for now

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Back in November the Blue Jays called off a Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder swap and then in December the Diamondbacks offered Snyder to the Rangers for C.J. Wilson, only to have Texas predictably turn it down and Wilson tweet about how he was “borderline offended” by the offer.
Since then Snyder’s name hasn’t popped up in trade rumors much despite Arizona being committed to Miguel Montero as the starter and several teams needing upgrades behind the plate. “Obviously we had those discussions and made an attempt early and there is a point at which it becomes less realistic,” general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. “So right now I think it’s prudent to assume that’s going to be our catching combination.”
Montero bats left-handed and Snyder bats right-handed, so they make for a nice platoon, but my guess is that Byrnes and the Diamondbacks remain very willing to part with Snyder for any kind of decent value. One issue is that Snyder is coming off back surgery and another issue is that he’s owed $11 million over the next two years, so first he’ll need to prove that he’s healthy and then the Diamondbacks may need to eat some salary.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.