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Indians acquire C Sandy León from Red Sox for RHP Adenys Bautista

Another defense-first catcher joins the Tribe’s roster.

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The Cleveland Indians announced a trade with the Boston Red Sox this morning, receiving C Sandy León in exchange for RHP Adenys Bautista. In order to add León to the roster, the team designated RHP James Hoyt for assignment.

The addition of León gives the Tribe four catchers on the 40-man roster, joining Roberto Pérez, Kevin Plawecki, and Eric Haase.

León will be 31 next season and owns a 69 OPS+ since 2016. While his production at the plate leaves a lot to be desired, he’s excellent behind it. Despite some struggles last season he still rated as an above-average defensive catcher; in 2018 and 2017 he was excellent, earning top-10 rankings for catcher defense from Baseball Prospectus despite playing only part-time for the Red Sox.

León is arbitration eligible and expected to earn $2.8 million according to Prior to the trade it was speculated that the Red Sox might non-tender him rather than enter arbitration or offer an extension.

In Bautista, the Indians lose a 21-year-old RHP who allowed an ERA of 7.79 between the DSL and AZL last year. In the interest of full disclosure, may it be known that this author first learned of his existence several moments ago as a result of the trade.