CLEVELAND -- When a player is designated for assignment -- as Kyle Snyder was by the Red Sox on April 6 -- it typically spells the end of his tenure with that organization.

But the Red Sox are pleased that won't be the case with Snyder. The versatile right-hander cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox had 10 days to trade, release or re-assign him.

Originally acquired by the Sox in June 2006, Snyder can start or pitch middle and long relief. The Red Sox had grown fond of Snyder because of his work ethic and professional attitude.

Manager Terry Francona's reaction to Snyder staying with the organization?

"[I'm] actually thrilled," said Francona. "If he didn't get a Major League job, we'd love to keep him in the organization. I think the world of him. Now he can go get stretched out and start a little bit, which hopefully gives him some value to us."

Snyder had been in Sarasota, Fla., awaiting his fate.

"It is a business and I accept that," said Snyder. "But it's a business for me, too. I can't say it was a tough call. I've enjoyed my time here. There's a lot of loyalty I still feel to this club and to this team and to this city. I've had a great time since I've been here. I'm not the least bit disappointed to be going to Pawtucket and still having an opportunity to help this club, which I know I can do."

However, Snyder did admit to being somewhat surprised he wasn't picked up by another team, be it off waivers or in a trade.

"A little bit," said Snyder. "Just in the sense that I knew there was some activity last week with other clubs involved and I didn't find out really until today. They finally put me on waivers because they couldn't get anything worked out. I heard that other teams were interested, and [I] was a little surprised that I cleared waivers early this afternoon. I had already told them that I would be willing to accept my assignment. I had notified them of that -- I think Saturday -- [that] if I cleared waivers, I'd be willing to accept my assignment."

Snyder spent all of 2007 with the Red Sox, going 2-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 46 appearances. In 91 career appearances -- 29 of them starts -- Snyder is 8-17 with a 5.45 ERA.