The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has signed free agent outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Snider, who will turn 29 years old on February 2, spent last season with Triple-A Omaha in the Kansas City organization, batting .245 with 3 home runs and 29 RBI over 84 games. Prior to last season, he saw major league action in 8 consecutive seasons with Toronto (2008-12), Pittsburgh (2012-15), and Baltimore (2015). Snider played for Pittsburgh in all 3 National League Wild Card Games from 2013-15, going 1-for-4. Each of his 5 career pinch-hit home runs have come since the start of 2013, a figure that is T4th-most in MLB in that span.
The left-handed batter and thrower, who has spent the bulk of his career in left field or right field, has compiled a .244 batting average over 630 major league games since being selected by the Blue Jays in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 June draft.