The Washington Nationals announced via Twitter they signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Accardo and veteran catcher Chris Snyder to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.
Accardo, 31, played for Oakland and Cleveland last season. In 27 appearances he posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.554 WHIP in 27 appearances. He is an eight year MLB veteran with a career 10-20 record (all in relief) with a 4.30 ERA and 1.402 WHIP. In his best season in 2007, he saved 30 games for the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2.14 ERA. He suffered an injury in 2008 and was never the same pitcher.
Snyder will be 32 opening day. A nine-year veteran, last year he played in 76 games with the Houston Astros. He hit .176/.295/.308 with seven homers and 24 RBIs. He is a career .225/.329/.385 hitter with 77 homers and 297 RBIs and is considered a decent backstop with a good throwing arm. Snyder has put together four double-digit home run seasons, including 2008 when he hit a career-high 16.
According to reports, Snyder has an “out” clause that would require the Nats to allow him to become a free agent should he not make the roster.
Both players are short-term insurance for the Nats Major League roster. Accardo seems to have a tough battle to take a spot in an already deep bullpen, but Snyder could see significant playing time in the spring as the Nats will ease Wilson Ramos back in to playing shape after missing much of last season rehabbing from knee surgery. Snyder gives the Nats a veteran option at catcher should Ramos not be ready to break camp, though the team at this point expects Ramos to be healthy and ready for opening day.