NEW YORK -- Travis Snider, a former Blue Jays top prospect who made one of the most memorable catches in Citi Field history, is now a member of the Mets' organization. The club acquired Snider from the Rangers on Tuesday for cash, sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas.Snider, 29, was
NEW YORK -- Travis Snider, a former Blue Jays top prospect who made one of the most memorable catches in Citi Field history, is now a member of the Mets' organization. The club acquired Snider from the Rangers on Tuesday for cash, sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Snider, 29, was Baseball America's sixth-ranked prospect in 2009, on a list that also included future All-Stars Matt Wieters, David Price and Jason Heyward. But he never stuck in the Majors, hitting .248 with 31 homers in 242 games for the Blue Jays from 2008-12.
After Toronto traded Snider to the Pirates in 2012, he made his famous catch at Citi Field, climbing up the right-field wall to rob Mike Baxter of a home run. Snider played out parts of four seasons with the Pirates, briefly hooked on with the Orioles in 2015 and has been out of the Majors since.
This year at Texas' Triple-A Round Rock affiliate, Snider was batting .294 with nine home runs and an .810 OPS in 100 games. He gives the Mets a measure of outfield depth with Jay Bruce traded to the Indians, although all five of the Mets' primary outfielders are currently healthy. Should the team trade Curtis Granderson before the end of August, Snider could receive a big league look.
The Mets also inked right-handed pitcher Neil Wagner to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Las Vegas. Wagner, who held a 3.07 ERA at Tampa Bay's Triple-A Durham affiliate, last appeared in the Majors in 2014.
• The Mets pushed back closer Jeurys Familia's first rehab outing one day, from Tuesday to Wednesday. Familia is recovering from May 12 arterial surgery to remove a blood clot in his right shoulder.
• Matt Harvey will make his next rehab start Wednesday at Class A Short Season Brooklyn. Harvey, who is recovering from a stress injury to his right scapula, gave up one run in one inning in his first start on Saturday.
• The Mets have requested unconditional release waivers on reliever Noel Salas, whom they designated for assignment last week. Salas posted a 6.00 ERA in 48 appearances for the Mets this season, a year after producing a 2.08 ERA in 17 outings down the stretch. Unless another team signs Salas, the Mets will pay the balance of his $3 million salary.
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