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Snyder may depose Doumit


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, 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).



  1. Ron says:

    Why not go after Adam Dunn? Is he not just what this team needs? A power hitter who consistently smacks 35+ HR’s a year. Perfect for our short RF wall. With some protection G Jones could hit 30 HR’s, or Alvarez would see more fastballs. That would be a nice 3-4-5 punch in the lineup. All accounts say he is available. Maybe package Doumit and Maholm? Or is Nutting to cheap to go after him?

  2. joel says:

    No-mitt & no-hit finally gets what he deserves. He won’t be a Pirate next year. The Pirates will have to pay part of next year’s salery just to get rid of him.

  3. juan f perez says:

    we need real bad a catcher who can throw out runners if we wish to move foward. in my opinion doumit days as a regular catchers are over. the other weaknes… we need a true right fielder.

  4. Luke Sky-Walker says:

    According to Jen L. of the Piraters website the Pirates have Jeff Clement and Argenis Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis,

    According to MLB Rumors the D’Backs will receive Bobby Crosby and Ryan Church in the dealfor Chris Snyder according to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona. He explains that this could explain the call-ups today of Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement.

  5. Luke Sky-Walker says:’s reports that the D’Backs will also receive reliever D.J. Carrasco from the Pirates.

  6. Luke Sky-Walker says:

    Jen L of the Pirate’s website said that the Pirates will pick-up a pitcher in the deal with Arizona as well as cash. There is speculation that the Bucs will then swap out Snyder prior to the deadline today.

  7. BilltownBuccoFan says:

    Aquiring Snyder is a great move for the Bucs…a veteran catcher with good defensive skills is a key ingredient to success that Pittsburgh has been missing…good move by NH…pick-up of Gallagher made Carrasco a trade piece..good job NH

  8. Will says:

    Let’s go for it. Ryan is a great Pirate, but we need a better defensive catcher. I like the idea of working harder on improving the defense. Alverez just is not what we need defensively at third, but he can be moved to first base. The outfield looks pretty good and we need to be great up the middle as all teams must be.

  9. Will says:

    Also, Pittsburgh is so lacking on Pitching. I can’t imagine how they can think of trading Paul Maholm.

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