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Travis Snider signs with Royals

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The Royals have announced that they've signed Travis Snider to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

It would seem this would end Lunchbox's career in Pittsburgh, although we thought that last offseason too. Snider was productive in 2014 before the Bucs traded him to Baltimore, but he struggled there and played only briefly for the Bucs after they reacquired him and then promoted him when rosters expanded.

Despite Snider's poor 2015 season, he still looks like he could be capable of helping as a bench player. The Pirates perhaps could have used him again themselves -- they don't have a ton of outfield depth, and Snider would have been a useful player to stash at Indianapolis. Instead, he'll end up either with Kansas City or with their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha.

In any case, Snider will likely remain a weirdly popular player in Pittsburgh, even though he didn't actually play that well in most of his time with the Bucs -- the Pirates traded him after his one good season with them, and Snider's fine 2014 is likely what fans remember most about him, not his mediocre performances in 2012 and 2013 (and 2015). The timing of the Snider trade was a good one for Snider's legacy. Of course, it was also great for the Pirates themselves -- they could soon reap the benefits of the deal as Stephen Tarpley and Steven Brault climb toward the majors.