The Boston Red Sox are actively discussing a trade involving Sandy Leon, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The Red Sox are actively discussing possible trades of catcher Sandy Leon, @MarlyRiveraESPN and I have heard from sources.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 21, 2019
The interest in moving the 30-year-old Leon comes in a three-catcher Spring Training race for just two MLB jobs between Leon, Christian Vazquez, and Blake Swihart, and after a 2018 season that saw Leon post a .177 batting average in 89 games.
What hurts Leon here is that Vazquez is signed through the 2022 season, while Swihart is currently putting forth his best offensive showing yet, with a .360 batting average and five RBIs in 10 Grapefruit League contests.
But moving Leon is a move that the Red Sox may want to think twice about, as Sox pitchers simply thrived when it was Leon behind the plate opposed to Vazquez and Swihart.
Per Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald, Boston pitchers had a 3.38 ERA throwing to Leon compared to a 3.84 ERA throwing to Vazquez and a 5.32 ERA throwing to Swihart. The Red Sox also had a .705 winning percentage with Leon as their starting catcher.
The Red Sox open their 2019 season a week from today in Seattle.