Astros decline $4 million option on Chris Snyder

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Chris Snyder hit just .176 in 76 games for the Astros, so not surprisingly they’ve declined his $4 million option for 2013 and will instead pay a $500,000 buyout.

Not so long ago Snyder was an established, young starting catcher, but his health and production have both been issues since leaving the Diamondbacks in mid-2010. At this point he’ll almost certainly have to settle for a backup gig and may need to compete for a roster spot in spring training.

Meanwhile, the Astros are likely to go with 28-year-old minor league veteran Carlos Corporan as Jason Castro’s backup next year.