By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
2:44 PM EST, January 3, 2012
The Orioles made two minor trades today, sending former first-round pick Brandon Snyder to the Texas Rangers for cash while acquiring outfielder Jai Miller from the Oakland A’s, also for cash.
Miller, 26, was designated for assignment by the A’s in December after appearing in seven games with the team in 2011, when he was 3-for-12 with a homer. At Triple-A Sacramento in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Miller batted .276 with a .368 on-base percentage, 32 homers and 16 stolen bases without being caught last season.
A former fourth-round pick of the Florida Marlins in 2003, Miller has played briefly in the big leagues with the Marlins, Kansas City Royals and A’s. In 68 big-league at-bats in parts of three major-league seasons, Miller had two homers, six RBIs and one steal and batted .235 with a .288 on-base percentage.
“Jai Miller has the power, speed, base stealing skills and good athletic ability to be an asset in our outfield as he competes for a spot on our ballclub this spring,” said Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, in a news release.
Snyder, 25, was the club’s first pick (13th overall) in the 2005 draft out of Centreville, Va. He was drafted as a catcher/third baseman but never really found a position or an extended look in the big leagues.
Eventually, he was switched primarily to first base and had brief call-ups to Baltimore in 2010 and 2011. He had three hits and 13 at-bats in six games for the Orioles in 2011 while batting .261 in 114 games at Triple-A Norfolk. His Orioles career ends with 33 major league at-bats.
The Orioles’ 40-man roster remains full.
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