Earlier today the Boston Red Sox signed free agent Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract. Snyder will be reporting to Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, Mass. Snyder has been on a few teams since being drafted back in 2005 by the Baltimore Orioles. Brandon was moved from playing catcher to the infield.
Snyder saw his first major league action back in 2010 in Baltimore, but only played in a handful of games. Then 2011 saw the trend continue as he played in only six games with the Orioles. After playing in Baltimore Snyder moved on to play for the Texas Rangers last year.
Last year in Texas Brandon played in 40 games with a batting average of .277 that produced three home runs. With his performance from last year and knew that the Rangers were not going to have a place for him on their roster this year. At the end of Spring Training he asked to be released from the team and Texas obliged and let him go.
This allowed the Red Sox to pick him up. Boston picked Snyder up for a minor league contract as a form of insurance. With a few players like David Ortiz and Stephen Drew having been injured the Red Sox were looking to add a player that was versatile to play in a few different positions.
Boston would use Snyder at first or third base if the need ever came to fruition. Even though Snyder might not be guaranteed a chance to play at the major league level, he does feel that Boston is a place where he can have an opportunity to get called up.
Snyder has some inside information on how Boston operates since his cousin Madison Younginer plays for the Red Sox minor league system. Younginer is a pitcher for the Greenville Drive.
This is a good sign for Boston fans since it seems that the Red Sox front office is still looking to make moves and keep improving the team.