Chris Snyder joins Nationals on minor league contract

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Injuries have derailed what was a pretty solid career for Chris Snyder and the 32-year-old catcher must not have drawn much interest as a free agent because Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

Washington was already facing a playing time crunch behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos, so there isn’t much opportunity for Snyder to crack the roster and carve out a role unless Ramos struggles to come back from the knee injury that ended his 2012 season.

Snyder was the Diamondbacks’ starting catcher from 2005-2010, posting a .737 OPS in 556 games, but he’s hit just .195 for the Pirates and Astros during the past two-and-half seasons while struggling with back problems.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.