The Orioles today announced that they have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league left-hander Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Michael Ohlman has been designated for assignment.
Snider, 26, hit .264/.338/.438 with 13 home runs and a career-high 38 RBI in 140 games with the Pirates in 2014. He saw action at both left and right field last season. Originally selected in the first round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, Snider is a career .246/.310/.406 hitter with 50 home runs and 184 RBI in 543 career major league games with the Pirates and Blue Jays.
Tarpley, 21, was 3-5 with a 3.68 ERA (66.0IP, 27ER) in 13 games (12 starts) with Class-A Aberdeen in 2014. Originally selected by the Orioles in the third round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft, he is 3-6 with a 3.31 ERA (87.0IP, 32ER) in 20 games (19 starts) in two minor league seasons.
Ohlman, 24, hit .236/.310/.318 with two home runs and 33 RBI in 113 games with Double-A Bowie in 2014.