The Nationals granted veteran catcher Chris Snyder his unconditional release on Monday morning, and immediately after, he said he agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with an invitation to big league camp. Snyder, 32, was signed by the Nationals in the winter as insurance for Wilson Ramos, who was returning from major knee injury, and others. The move was an arranged release-and-sign deal.
“I knew coming in I wasn’t competing for a spot,” Snyder said. “I was here and able to work out and showcase and provide them with insurance if their guys weren’t ready. Their guys are ready. They look good. The team looks great.”
Snyder played in eight spring games and went 4 for 18 with one home run and two RBI. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo drafted Snyder, who played last season with the Houston Astros, when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ramos has rebounded strongly from his May knee injury, and the Nationals plan to use him and Kurt Suzuki throughout the season. The Nationals are also deep at the catcher position with Carlos Maldonado, Sandy Leon and Jhonatan Solano.