The Diamondbacks and Pirates have spoken about a trade that would send catcher Chris Snyder to Pittsburgh, major-league sources said Friday.
Arizona would almost certainly need to include a substantial amount of cash in the deal.
The Diamondbacks’ recent trades of Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson suggest they are trying to trim payroll. A Snyder trade would accomplish the same thing, as long as they didn’t have to pay his entire salary.
Snyder is earning $4.75 million this year. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, he is due $5.75 million next year, followed by a $6.75 million club option or $750,000 buyout in 2012.
Snyder, 29, has been mentioned as a trade candidate for months. He’s hitting .231 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 65 games this year.
Currently, the Pirates’ two catchers are Jason Jaramillo and rookie Erik Kratz.