Astros sign OF Brad Snyder to Minor League deal

The Astros have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with outfielder Brad Snyder, General Manager Ed Wade announced today.

The deal includes an invite to the Astros Major League Spring Training camp.

The left-handed hitting Snyder (6-3, 220 lbs.), has spent parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in a combined 20 Major League games (.167 avg., 6x36, 5 RBI) in that span. He hit .290 in 102 games at Triple A Iowa in 2011 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI. Snyder had his best minor league season in 2010 at Iowa, reaching career highs in homers (25) and RBI (107) while posting a .949 OPS with 19 stolen bases.

Snyder's professional career began as the Cleveland Indian's first-round draft pick in 2003. He was later claimed off waivers from Cleveland by the Cubs on June 23, 2008. Snyder has a .280 average in 947 career minor league games with 135 home runs and 120 stolen bases.