Indians acquire veteran catcher Sandy León from Red Sox

  • In this Aug. 13, 2019 photo Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon watches his ball after hitting against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. The Indians have acquired Leon in a trade from the Red Sox. Cleveland sent minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista to Boston on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 for the 30-year-old Leon, who has split his eight-year major league career between Boston and Washington. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

Associated Press
Published: 12/2/2019 7:52:22 PM

CLEVELAND — The Indians have acquired veteran catcher Sandy León in a trade from the Red Sox.

Cleveland sent minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista to Boston on Monday for the 30-year-old León, who has split his eight-year major league career between Boston and Washington. León batted just .192 last season in 65 games for the Red Sox, but he’s been ranked among the AL’s best defensive catchers.

León is eligible for salary arbitration and is expected to earn more than $2.5 million, and Boston would have had to offer a contract by the 8 p.m. Monday deadline.

To make room on their roster, the Indians designated right-hander James Hoyt for assignment.

A switch-hitter, León has a .221 career batting average with 25 home runs and 123 RBIs in 392 games. When he’s been behind the plate, Boston’s pitchers have posted a 3.74 ERA.

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.




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