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.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.