Day after day this off-season I have diligently checked all of the Diamondbacks sites and news outlets for any mention of new players the Diamondbacks have signed for the 2009 season. Those announcements have been few and far between as the team has stood pat with most of their roster. Sure there was the signing of Felipe Lopez to take Orlando Hudson’s place at second base and the announcement yesterday that Tony Clark had been resigned but beyond that there has not been a lot of news out of the Diamondbacks of potential moves.
With a fairly young core of players there were not a lot of roster spots up for grabs but still there are questions surrounding the starting pitching rotation and the bullpen. Then of course there is the continuing saga of Brandon Webb who was close to signing a 3-year extension last season before the offer was pulled from the table by the Diamondbacks. Fans everywhere expected that General Manager Josh Byrnes would hammer something out this off-season with the team’s ace but so far nothing has been forthcoming.
The Diamondbacks did make one move; they resigned Webb’s battery mate Chris Snyder to a three year contract. The terms of the deal will keep Snyder in Sedona Red through the 2011 season with a club option for 2012. Snyder has been primarily known as a defensive catcher since he was promoted in 2005. Each year Snyder has matured being a better hitter as well as calling a great game behind the dish. The pitching staff love working with Snyder and many of them comment on Chris’ work ethic and preparation which makes the pitcher’s job so much easier. The contract provides the Diamondbacks with cost certainty through all of Snyder’s arbitration years and the first two years of free agency. This allows them to maintain a known payroll over the next 3 seasons when they can monitor how Chris will fit in the long term plans of the team.
So while this may not have been the flashy news that other teams have made this off-season it shows that Arizona is willing to reward those young players who they feel are integral to the future success of the club. Congratulations Chris Snyder; we look forward to watching you in a Diamondbacks uniform for the next few years.