Corner outfielder/first baseman Travis Snider, who played last season in Pittsburgh, has reunited with the Pirates after being released by the Orioles last week. Chris Cotillo of SBNation had the news first.
Snider hit just .237 with three homers and a .659 OPS in 69 games for the Orioles, but spent part of three seasons with the Pirates and posted a solid .776 OPS in a part-time role last year.
He’ll report to Triple-A for now, could figures to be a September call-up as a left-handed bench bat. Baltimore is paying him $2.1 million.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington confirmed in an appearance on 93.7 The Fan that the team is interested in bringing back outfielder Travis Snider, as Dan Zangrilli reports. Snider was released by the Orioles on Saturday.
Snider, 27, hit a mediocre .237/.318/.341 with three home runs and 20 RBI with the Orioles, despite facing right-handed pitching in 83.5 percent of his 236 plate appearances.
The Pirates acquired Snider from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in 2012. They traded him to the Orioles in January this year. He appeared to figure things out last year, batting .264/.338/.438 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 359 plate appearances, but he was unable to replicate it in 2015.
The Orioles have released outfielder Travis Snider, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The club had designated him for assignment on August 7.
Snider compiled a poor .237/.318/.341 triple-slash line with three home runs and 20 RBI in 236 plate appearances. The Orioles upgraded their outfield, acquiring Gerardo Parra and Junior Lake at the trade deadline, which left Snider on the outside looking in. Lake, however, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to make room for Henry Urrutia, coming up from Norfolk.
The O’s also purged outfielder David Lough on Friday.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment and recalled Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk.
Snider, 27, wasn’t finding much success at the plate, batting .237/.318/.341 with three home runs and 20 RBI. The once top prospect is now a veteran of eight seasons but has struggled to consistently hit at the major league level.
Lake, 25, was acquired from the Cubs in the Tommy Hunter trade at the deadline. He hit .333 in 16 plate appearances at Norfolk. He has a career .663 OPS across 642 career major league plate appearances.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in Padres outfielder Justin Upton. Morosi’s colleague, Ken Rosenthal, added that they’ve also inquired on Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.
While the Orioles have gotten terrific production out of Adam Jones in center field, they’ve gotten very little from the corners. They have been using Chris Davis in right field while Nolan Reimold, David Lough, and Travis Snider have shared time in left. The Orioles’ aggregate .628 OPS out of left field is third-worst in the American League, though their Davis-inspired .760 OPS is seventh-best.
Upton, 27, can become a free agent after the season and is owed only the remainder of his $14.5 million salary for the 2015 season. He exited Sunday’s game with tightness in his lower back, per MLB.com’s Corey Brock, but it sounds like a minor issue. He entered play Sunday batting .252/.331/.426 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.
Gomez, 29, is signed through 2016. He’s owed the remainder of $8 million for this season and $9 million next season. He entered play Sunday hitting .267/.322/.439 with eight home runs and 41 RBI.