Royals sign OF Travis Snider to minor league contract
The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Travis Snider, a former first-round draft pick, to a minor league contract, the team announced Saturday.
Snider, who turns 28 on Tuesday, also has been invited to major league spring training.
After an offseason trade from Pittsburgh last January, Snider spent most of last season with the Baltimore Orioles. He hit .237 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 69 games with Baltimore before clearing waivers in August and re-signing with the Pirates, where he played in 18 games last September.
He was the Toronto Blue Jays' first-round pick (No. 14 overall) in the 2006 June draft, hitting 31 home runs over five seasons with the Jays. His best season came with Pittsburgh in 2014, when he hit .264 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .438 slugging percentage in 140 games.