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Snyder may depose Doumit

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ST. LOUIS — If a trade for Chris Snyder goes through, Ryan Doumit no longer will be the Pirates’ everyday catcher when he returns from his latest stint on the disabled list.

Friday night, FoxSports.com reported the Pirates are close to acquiring Snyder and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The non-waiver trading deadline is 4 p.m. Saturday.

Snyder, 29, is hitting .231 with 10 homers and 32 RBI. He is owed about $1.7 million for the rest of this season and will make $5.75 million in 2011. His contract has a $6.75 million option or a $750,000 buyout for 2012.

Doumit, 29, is hitting .258 with eight homers and 32 RBI. He’s making $3.65 million this year and will get $5.1 million in 2011. If the Pirates pick up his $7.25 million option for 2012, it would automatically trigger an $8.25 million option for 2013.

This season, Snyder has thrown out 12 of 59 base-stealers (20 percent). He has a 30 percent success rate in his seven-year career. His career fielding percentage is .998.

Doumit has thrown out 5 of 61 runners (8 percent). His career success rate is 25 percent and he has a .987 fielding percentage as a catcher.

Doumit is on the DL with a concussion. Friday, he played catch before the Pirates’ 1-0 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

It does not appear the Pirates plan on trading Doumit now, which means he’d become a backup catcher and might also get playing time at first base and right field.

Friday, Erik Kratz, who became the starting catcher in Doumit’s absence, threw out three runners trying to steal second base. It was the first time that happened since Keith Osik threw out three Chicago Cubs runners on July 5, 1999.

This season, Kratz has gunned down 4 of 6 runners — a better success rate than either Doumit (5 of 61, 8 percent) or Jason Jaramillo (5 of 21, 24 percent).

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