For Chris Snyder, just finding an opportunity would have been enough. Getting a shot with his hometown team was far more than he expected.
The Astros signed the 30-year old catcher Friday to a one year contract with a mutual option for 2013. Snyder gives the Astros a veteran player to add to the mix with Humberto Quintero and the very young Jason Castro, who is coming off knee surgery which wiped out his 2011 season.
Snyder played in just 34 games with the Pirates last season before re-herniating a disc in his back. Snyder spent the majority of 2011 recovering from back surgery and this off season he has been trying to convince teams that he really is recovered.
"It was frustrating because there was a lot of uncertainty talking to other teams," said Snyder. "They read medicals and they see a guy who's had two back surgeriesobviously that's not what you want to read. Fortunately a team took a chance and even more fortunate that it's the hometown team that I grew up watching."