Five-Player Exchange Sends Catcher Snyder To Pirates

The Deal
The Diamondbacks already have traded their top two starters (Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson) and their closer Chad Qualls (to the Rays for a player to be named) this month, so why not also bid adieu to the pitchers’ batterymate, catcher Chris Snyder? Arizona acted on that impulse, while saving a few bucks in the process, by shipping Snyder, Triple-A shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and $3 million to the Pirates for a package containing three marginal big leaguers.

Arizona receives the trio of reliever D.J. Carrasco, corner outfielder Ryan Church and middle infielder Bobby Crosby, mostly in an effort to balance the dollars in the transaction. The players are not viewed as fixtures in Phoenix, by any stretch. Crosby will be a free agent after the season, while Carrasco and Church can either be retained at arbitration prices or non-tendered.

The emergence of catcher Miguel Montero in Arizona made Snyder more than a little expendable. The 26-year-old, lefty-hitting Montero has batted .311/.375/.474 this season, fresh off a 2009 campaign in which he caught 111 games and produced an .832 OPS.

 
Pirates Acquire
Pedro Ciriaco, ss

Age: 24. Position: SS (84 G), 2B (3 G).

Born: Sept. 27, 1985 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 160. Bats: R. Throws: R.

Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Diamondbacks, Feb. 28, 2003.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Reno (PCL) AAA .259 87 355 44 92 15 7 6 51 10 53 14 .278 .392

‘ªCiriaco’¬ ‘ªhas some top-of-the-line tools in his speed and defensive ability. He has yet to put it all together offensively, which made him expendable for the Diamondbacks. A career .279/.314/.355 hitter entering the season in 2,729 minor league at-bats, Ciriaco has yet to play in the majors since signing in 2003 as a 17-year-old. He got off to a slow start due in part to a ligament injury in his thumb, but he heated up in June and July, hitting a combined .295. Scouts report Ciriaco’s speed, defense and throwing arm remain above-average, and his speed rates a 70 on the 20-80 scale. However, he has little power and is too free of a swinger to get on base enough to become a consistent factor as a basestealer.’¬

 
Chris Snyder, c

Age: 29. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Prorated portion of $4.75 million this season, plus $5.75 million for ’11 and $6.75 million club option for ’12 ($750,000 buyout; Diamondbacks send $3 million in deal).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Arizona (NL) 2008 .237 115 334 47 79 22 1 16 64 56 101 0 .348 .452
Arizona (NL) 2009 .200 61 165 20 33 7 0 6 22 32 47 0 .333 .352
Arizona (NL) 2010 .231 65 195 22 45 8 0 10 32 36 61 0 .352 .426
3-Year Totals .226 241 694 89 157 37 1 32 118 124 209 0 .346 .421
 
Diamondbacks Acquire
D.J. Carrasco, rhp

Age: 33. Remaining Commitment: 2 arbitration years (’11 and ’12) remain prior to free agency ($950,000 salary in ’10).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Chicago (AL) 2008 1 0 3.96 31 0 0 39 30 17 17 2 14 30 1.14
Chicago (AL) 2009 5 1 3.76 49 1 0 93 103 42 39 5 29 62 1.41
Pittsburgh (NL) 2010 2 2 3.88 45 0 0 56 50 24 24 4 22 45 1.29
3-Year Totals 8 3 3.84 125 1 0 188 183 83 80 11 65 137 1.32
 
Ryan Church, rf/lf

Age: 31. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: 1 arbitration year remains (’11) prior to free agency ($1.5 million salary in ’10).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
New York (NL) 2008 .276 90 319 54 88 14 1 12 49 33 83 2 .346 .439
N.Y. (NL) / Atl. (NL) 2009 .273 111 359 46 98 28 0 4 40 33 58 6 .338 .384
Pittsburgh (NL) 2010 .182 69 170 16 31 11 1 3 18 12 46 1 .240 .312
3-Year Totals .256 270 848 116 217 53 2 19 107 78 187 9 .322 .390
 
Bobby Crosby, ss/2b

Age: 30. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Prorated portion of $1 million salary (signed 1-year, $1 million deal with Pirates in December).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Oakland (AL) 2008 .237 145 556 66 132 39 1 7 61 47 96 7 .296 .349
Oakland (AL) 2009 .223 97 238 35 53 10 2 6 29 24 44 2 .295 .357
Pittsburgh (NL) 2010 .224 61 156 9 35 8 0 1 11 16 33 0 .301 .295
3-Year Totals .232 303 950 110 220 57 3 14 101 87 173 9 .296 .342

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