Another one of Dan Duquette's offseason bets has been permanently stamped with failure. There will always be another. The Orioles recalled outfielder Junior Lake, recently acquired in the Tommy Hunter trade, from Norfolk. In the process, they sent Travis Snider to the great DFA in the sky.
Snider, acquired in the offseason in exchange for minor league lefties Steven Brault and Stephen Tarpley, had a good first series of the season and basically nothing went his way after that. He fit the mold of player that Duquette tends to like, former first round pick who never really put it all together in his other stops. Those are the guys who show up in Baltimore and everyone's surprised when they realize more of their talent.
In Snider's case, he showed up in Baltimore and in 69 games, batted .237/.318/.341. Maybe if he hit for a better average, or for more power, they might have been more willing to have him stick around. He did not do those things. He was reportedly going to be on the chopping block in the move where the Orioles ended up designating Chris Parmelee for assignment instead. Neither one looked like they belonged in the big leagues.
Our Chris Booze wrote this morning about issues with Snider's swing. They don't seem like they were going to be suddenly getting any better and the Orioles, trying to claw their way back into the postseason picture, can't be waiting around for him.
With Gerardo Parra arriving to take one of the everyday outfield spots, there wasn't much room for Snider any more. Maybe the other place will be some kind of David Lough/Junior Lake platoon or maybe they'll just let Lake run with it for a while.
Snider just wasn't good. That's all there is to it. When the Orioles acquired him, he looked like he might be a relatively cheap outfielder for this year and next year. He got the cheap part right but he never performed well enough to be worth keeping around. Now he's gone and soon he'll be someone else's problem. That's the way baseball goes.