Astros ink former first-rounder Brad Snyder to minors deal

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From Astros social media director Alyson Footer comes word that Houston has signed 29-year-old outfielder Brad Snyder to a minor league contract. He’ll also be invited to spring training.

Snyder, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, has made only 37 career plate appearances in the major leagues — all with the Cubs — and has batted just .167/.189/.194 with one extra-base hit over that limited sample size.

Snyder hit .290 with an .801 OPS and 11 home runs in 102 games this past season at Triple-A Iowa.

The Astros have also handed minor league deals and spring training invites to former Cardinals outfielder Nick Stavinoha and former Indians outfielder Travis Buck. They’ll pray for production out of one of the three.

Giants place Dereck Rodriguez on DL due to injury sustained during altercation with Dodgers

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.

Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.

Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.