Red Sox trade catcher Leon to Indians for minor leaguer

Ruben Hill
December 4, 2019

Monday afternoon, the Indians and Red Sox announced a trade in which the Red Sox shipped backup catcher Sandy Leon to the Indians in exchange for a minor league right-handed pitcher in Adenys Bautista.

The Cleveland Indians have acquired veteran catcher Sandy Leon in a trade from the Boston Red Sox.

After trading Leon, Boston's 40-man roster is now at 37.

Since being acquired by the Red Sox in 2015, Boston pitchers have recorded a 3.74 ERA with Leon behind the plate-the fifth-lowest among Major League Baseball catchers.

León, 30, caught 65 video games in 2019 (50 begins), hitting.192 (33-for-172) with five home runs and 19 RBI. He was a sure candidate to be non-tendered at that number, so the Sox took the opportunity to acquire a young pitcher when Cleveland expressed interest in Leon.

A switch-hitter, Leon has a.221 career batting average with 25 home runs and 123 RBI in 392 games.

The 22-year-old Bautista went 1-1 with a 7.79 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Indians in Arizona Rookie League in 2019. Final season, he did no longer allow an further-tainted hit when going by lefthanded batters, who went 3-for-23 (.130) in opposition to him.

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