Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Chris Snyder has retired, ending a ten-year career in the Major Leagues.
Snyder, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Rangers at the end of March after being released by the Nationals. He reported to Triple-A Round Rock but could only muster a .238/.360/.286 line over 25 plate appearances.
Snyder retires with 467 hits, 77 home runs, and 298 RBI in his big league career. He spent most of his time with the Diamondbacks, but also played with the Pirates, Orioles, and Astros.
Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.
Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.
Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.