Snyder is still with the Diamondbacks … for now

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Back in November the Blue Jays called off a Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder swap and then in December the Diamondbacks offered Snyder to the Rangers for C.J. Wilson, only to have Texas predictably turn it down and Wilson tweet about how he was “borderline offended” by the offer.
Since then Snyder’s name hasn’t popped up in trade rumors much despite Arizona being committed to Miguel Montero as the starter and several teams needing upgrades behind the plate. “Obviously we had those discussions and made an attempt early and there is a point at which it becomes less realistic,” general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. “So right now I think it’s prudent to assume that’s going to be our catching combination.”
Montero bats left-handed and Snyder bats right-handed, so they make for a nice platoon, but my guess is that Byrnes and the Diamondbacks remain very willing to part with Snyder for any kind of decent value. One issue is that Snyder is coming off back surgery and another issue is that he’s owed $11 million over the next two years, so first he’ll need to prove that he’s healthy and then the Diamondbacks may need to eat some salary.

Yasmani Grandal played himself out of NLCS Game 4

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.

Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.

Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.