• Apr
    02

    Snyder inline to make Rangers opening day roster, Miller most likely DFA material

    When the Orioles acquired Jai Miller they sent Brandon Snyder to Texas in what amounted to a dump (cash considerations). Despite the fact that Snyder had played one game in the outfield during his minor league career, the Rangers have basically converted Snyder to an outfielder and he looks set to open the year as a backup OF/1B/DH for Texas.

    Meanwhile, Miller struck out in 20 of his 45 spring training at bats and will most likely be waived or DFA'd when the Orioles have to add Paulino and Johnson to the roster.

    With Snyder's questionable defense at first base, I guess I'm a little surprised the Orioles didn't give him a look last year in the outfield. I know Miller is certainly a better defensive player, but he's not an effective defensive center fielder so really we are looking at a corner outfielder. Knowing Miller's inability to make contact in AAA, Snyder's bat always profiled better than Miller's, even if Snyder's lack of power would limit his overall ceiling.

    Either way, it certainly looks like the Orioles got the bad end of this deal.

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