Rangers acquire infielder from Orioles

January, 3, 2012
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The Rangers on Tuesday acquired infielder Brandon Snyder from Baltimore for cash considerations.

The first-round pick (13th overall) of the Orioles in the 2005 draft has played primarily at first base but has also seen action at third and catcher. He has a .273 batting average in 16 major league games -- all with the Orioles.

Snyder, 25, spent most of the 2011 season with Triple-A Norfolk, batting .261 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs in 114 games.

"He's a guy our scouts have liked for a while, particularly his swing," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

Daniels said Snyder may benefit from a change of scenery, adding that "if he does realize some of his potential, it's an intriguing deal."

"We'll let him come in and compete and go from there," Daniels said. "We see him playing some first base and some third base in camp. It's also been suggested he could work out at second base, and he was an amateur catcher, but we'll see when we get to Surprise."

With the addition, the Rangers have 38 players on the club's 40-man roster.

Other notes:

The Rangers re-signed Brad Nelson to a minor league contract. The infielder/outfielder spent last season at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .281 with 24 home runs and 83 RBIs in 121 games. He was originally a fourth-round pick of the Brewers in 2001 and has 28 career big leagues games, all with Milwaukee in 2008 and 2009.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Elvis Andrus
BA HR RBI R
.309 1 3 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .796
WM. Perez 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.00
SOY. Darvish 15