Chris Snyder goes from trade bait to starter after Miguel Montero's injury

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Arizona unsuccessfully shopped Chris Snyder this offseason, with reports of Toronto pulling out of a swap for Lyle Overbay and Texas balking at an offer for C.J. Wilson, but suddenly the Diamondbacks have plenty of use for the former backup.
Miguel Montero suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee Saturday and the injury will require surgery, with further tests today determining the length of his absence.
Montero had a breakout 2009 season to make Snyder an afterthought in Arizona, but Snyder posted a .785 OPS as the Diamondbacks’ primary catcher from 2006-2008 and knocked in five runs with a homer and a double starting Sunday.
His batting average won’t be pretty, but Snyder has 20-homer pop and should get at least three-fourths of the starts for as long as Montero is out. John Hester is now his backup.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.