Rather than rejoin the Atlanta Braves organization, first baseman Brandon Snyder and catcher Blake Lalli are going to take their chances on the open market, as they elected free agency Tuesday.
Atlanta outrighted Snyder and Lalli Saturday, Oct. 7, so they were no longer on the active 40-man roster. They could have signed deals to rejoin Triple-A Gwinnett, but each will see what other teams have to offer.
Snyder has bounced around to five different organizations since being a first-round pick in the 2005 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles, the team who drafted him, in 2010 as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. His first Major League hit came against the Blue Jays and pitcher Marc Rzepczynski.
After the 2012 season, Snyder played in the Texas and Boston organizations the next two years before re-signing with the Orioles in 2015. Snyder joined the Braves last offseason on a minor league deal and was called up to the majors in June. Atlanta designated him for assignment on Aug. 7, and two days later, he was back in Gwinnett.
Synder went 11-for-46 (.239) with four home runs, nine RBI and eight runs in 47 plate appearances with the Braves this season. He is a career .242 hitter in 194 at-bats at the MLB level.
Lalli, who can play first base and catch, was undrafted out of college and has played in the organizations of the Cubs, Brewers, Diamondbacks and Braves. Atlanta called him up from Triple-A on Sept. 11. He went 2-for-13 (.154) in 13 plate appearances over 10 games.
Lalli also recorded MLB at-bats with the Cubs and Brewers. He is 7-for-52 (.135) in his MLB career.