1/8/10 Winter ball update

Brad Snyder went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs for Mexicali, but it wasn’t enough as the Mexican Winter League team lost, 14-9, to Obregon and was eliminated in the playoffs. Snyder, expected in the Cubs’ camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hit a two-run shot in the second inning and a grand slam in the third. Erubiel Durazo homered and drove in three runs to power Obregon, which won the series, 4-1. Shortstop Matt Camp, another Cubs prospect, went 1-for-5 for Mexicali in the game.

In Venezuela, Robinson Chirinos had one hit in Magallanes’ 9-4 loss to Margarita in the Winter League playoffs. Chirinos was batting .304 in the playoffs; the catcher hit .366 in the Venezuelan team’s regular season.

— Carrie Muskat


It also may not be enough to get him on the major league team with Hendry as GM. Unless of course, Hendry deems Snyder an upgrade over Fuld and bounces (trades) Fuld to make room for Snyder which would be a mistake. BOTH Fuld and Snyder should have been given the opportunity to not only grab hold of the centerfield spot (instead of Byrd) with the “loser” playing the role of 4th outfielder but also the opportunity for the ORGANIZATION to save some payroll funds for more pressing needs such as relief and starting pitching. Why would Hendry spend millions on someone like
Byrd when TWO players seem ready to cut their teeth in the majors? Isn’t that what most teams would want? To fill spots from within? What an irresponsable decision on his part to spend payroll on Byrd. NOW, if Hendry were lucky (of course LUCKY) enough to somehow unload either Soriano or Fukodome and Byrd was signed to replace THEM and not fill the centerfield vacancy, that would be a much more understandable reason for signing Byrd.

Hendry needs to quit farting around and sign Snyder before he gets snatched up by another team. Why he would even risk that is beyond me. He would be great insurance for all three outfield spots if there are any injuries and a solid bat off the bench. While I would like him to get a chance to compete for a starting roll, it’s highly unlikely those are only given to aging player who sign multi-year bad contracts and underperform. (Soriano, Fukodome) Pinella will always go with the”veteran” over a younger player with high upside, Snyder hits lefties too and wouldn’t cost 14 million a year to be a platoon player. Fans just want the best player on the field regardless of who making more money.

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