Travis Snider re-signs with the Pirates after being released by the Orioles

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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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.