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Nationals release veteran catcher Snyder

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VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals granted catcher Chris Snyder his unconditional release Monday. Soon thereafter, Snyder signed a Minor League deal with the Angels.

Snyder played in eight spring games for Washington and was 4-for-18 (.222) with a homer and two RBIs. He said he loved his brief time with the Nationals.

"This is a great camp. This is a great group of guys," Snyder said. "I wasn't worried about what's going to happen. I needed a place to go out and play. I'm thankful that [general manager Mike] Rizzo gave me that opportunity."

Snyder signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals in February and had an opt-out clause that could have been exercised next week.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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