The Pirates are bringing back outfielder Travis Snider on a minor-league contract, according to a baseball source. Snider will report to Triple-A Indianapolis but is considered a likely candidate to be added to the Pirates' major-league roster once rosters expand on September 1.
Snider, 27, spent more than two seasons with the Pirates from 2012 to 2014 before being dealt to Baltimore in an offseason deal before this season. He hit only .237/.318/.341 with three home runs in 69 games as an Oriole before being designated for assignment and subsequently released within the last week.
Snider returns to a Pirates' team that has a steady core of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco in the outfield, providing depth alongside Mike Morse, Travis Ishikawa and Sean Rodriguez.
In 301 games with Pittsburgh over three seasons, Snider hit .243/.315/.380 while hitting nineteen home runs and appearing at both corner outfield positions. He has major-league experience with the Blue Jays, Pirates and Orioles in his eight-year career.