Chris Snyder is better than you think. He's a career .231/.333/.394 hitter, which isn't bad for a catcher. He's not exactly a defensive wunderkind, but catchers who can take a walk and hit a home run every so often are rare. And with the Houston Astros making some sort of recent bizarre commitment to players who might actually hit a little, they've scooped Snyder up:
The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent catcher Chris Snyder, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.
The deal also includes a mutual option for 2013.
Snyder will start, and he'll likely share time when Jason Castro returns from his knee injury. The 30-year-old Snyder was born and raised in Houston, graduating from high school there and attending the University of Houston. So in some ways, we probably should have seen this coming.