Kansas City Royals sign outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract
John Viril of the Kings of Kaufman website on Saturday reported the news that former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snyder, 28, has signed a minor league contract with the defending World Series champions the Kansas City Royals.
Snyder was an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2015 regular baseball season. Snyder was released by the Orioles on August 15, 2015 after he was designated for assignment on August 7, 2015.
Snyder signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 19, 2015. The Pirates called up Snyder from their minor league team the Indianapolis Indians which is the Pirates AAA minor league team on September 1, 2015 when the rosters expanded from 25 to 40 players.
Snider entered the free agent market on October 23, 2015 after his contract with the Pirates expired. Royals general manager Dayton Moore is giving Snider a chance to make the Royals roster by giving him an invitation to try out to make the team during the Spring Training sessions at their headquarters in Surprise Arizona.
Snyder was a first round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Henry M Jackson High School which is located in Mill Creek Washington.
Snider has played in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2008-2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2012-2014 and the Baltimore Orioles in 2015 and the Pirates in 2015.
If Snider does make the team in 2016, he will be playing as a reserve outfielder for the Royals who are the defending World Series champions.