Royals sign outfielder Travis Snider

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The Royals just announced that they have signed outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league deal contract with an invitation to spring training.

A former top prospect in the Blue Jays’ organization, Snider was productive in a part-time role with the Pirates in 2014, but he batted just .213 with four home runs and a .663 OPS in 265 plate appearances at the major league level last season. He began the year with the Orioles before being designated for assignment in August. He then returned to the Pirates and served as a September call-up.

Snider doesn’t turn 28 until February, so it’s easy to understand why he continues to get chances, but he now owns a disappointing .244/.311/.399 batting line in the majors.