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Indians Make Deal with Boston for Veteran Catcher Sandy Leon

The Indians Monday added some depth to the catcher spot, making a deal with the Boston Red Sox for catcher Sandy Leon.

The team sent minor league right-handed pitcher Adenys Bautista to Boston in return for Leon.

Leon has been in Majors for the better part of eight seasons, spending time with both the Red Sox and the Washington Nationals.

Last season in 65 games the 30-year-old catcher hit .192 for the Red Sox.

The veteran is known more for his glove than his bat, as he ranked among one of the top American League defensive catchers in 2019.

Leon is a career .221 hitter with 25 homers and 123 runs batted in playing in a total of 392 games.

With Leon behind the plate Red Sox pitcher sported an ERA of 3.74.

With Roberto Perez the team’s everyday catcher, Leon will likely compete with 2019 backup Kevin Plawecki for playing time at the Major League level.

Last season Plawecki hit .222 with three homers and 17 RBI in 59 games, 158 plate appearances.

The team designated right handed pitcher James Hoyt for assignment to make room for Leon.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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