Angels send veteran backstop Snyder to Orioles
Halos acquire right-hander Delaney in swap of Minor Leaguers
SEATTLE -- The Angels traded Minor League catcher Chris Snyder to the Orioles for Minor League right-hander Rob Delaney on Sunday.
Delaney, 28, spent all of last season pitching for the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, posting a 2.29 ERA while striking out 46 batters and walking 18 in 63 innings. Signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Delaney combined for five appearances in the big leagues from 2010-11.
Snyder signed late in Spring Training, shortly after he was released by the Nationals, and accepted an assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake after not making the Angels' roster as the backup catcher. The 32-year-old backstop appeared in 706 games in the Majors from 2004-12 and was off to a hot start in the Pacific Coast League, batting .342 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 21 games.
"Snyder is an experienced catcher who can handle a pitching staff, slug against left-handed pitchers and get on base," said Dan Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations.
The Angels already had a couple of catchers in Triple-A -- John Hester and Luke Carlin -- but needed another arm with six pitchers being called up from the Minor Leagues since the start of the season.
The Angels had an agreement with Snyder where they would either add him to their active roster or facilitate a move if another Major League opportunity came up. The trade did not impact the Angels' 40-man roster.
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