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Chris Snyder joins Nationals on minor league contract

Chris Snyder

Houston Astros’ Chris Snyder reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Injuries have derailed what was a pretty solid career for Chris Snyder and the 32-year-old catcher must not have drawn much interest as a free agent because Jerry Crasnick of reports that he signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

Washington was already facing a playing time crunch behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos, so there isn’t much opportunity for Snyder to crack the roster and carve out a role unless Ramos struggles to come back from the knee injury that ended his 2012 season.

Snyder was the Diamondbacks’ starting catcher from 2005-2010, posting a .737 OPS in 556 games, but he’s hit just .195 for the Pirates and Astros during the past two-and-half seasons while struggling with back problems.