Six weeks after signing Chris Snyder to a minor-league contract the Nationals released the veteran catcher and according to James Wagner of the Washington Post he immediately inked a new deal with the Angels.
Snyder always seemed like an odd fit for the Nationals because if healthy Wilson Ramos was assured of being paired with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, leaving little chance of Snyder returning to the majors in Washington.
He has more of an opportunity with the Angels because Hank Conger is really struggling with his throwing this spring and they’re looking for alternatives to back up Chris Iannetta. Considering his recent injuries and lack of production Snyder may not be a particularly good option, but his odds of a comeback increased with the team switch.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”