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Former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider joins Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks

Former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider joins Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks
Put in the unenviable position of having to replace Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, Travis Snider never really asserted himself offensively. Managed just three homers and 20 RBIs in 69 games before being released and returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider is getting a new opportunity in the independent Atlantic League.

The Long Island Ducks announced the signing of Snider, who played with the Orioles for 69 games in 2015, on Thursday. He last played in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 after being released by the Orioles.

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Snider, 30, was a first-round pick (14th overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006. In an eight-year career with the Blue Jays, Pirates and Orioles, Snider hit .244 with 54 home runs and 212 RBI.

With the Orioles, Snider hit .237 with three home runs and 20 RBI. He was acquired from the Pirates before the 2015 season for two minor-league pitchers. He was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Aug. 7, 2015, and re-signed with the Pirates.

Snider, who bats and throws left-handed, has spent the last two seasons playing for the Triple-A affiliates of the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and New York Mets.

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