Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon went unclaimed in the waiver process, meaning he could stay in the organization entering the 2019 season.

Leon has 48 hours to decide to accept the assignment to Pawtucket or opt for free agency.

The team placed Leon on waivers earlier this week after committing themselves to keeping only two catchers on their 25 man roster this year.

The decision to waive Leon represents a commitment to now-backup catcher Blake Swihart, who has just under 600 MLB plate appearances over parts of four seasons and appeared at six different positions for the Red Sox last season.

Leon, a strong defensive catcher and the preferred backstop for a number of Red Sox pitchers, almost certainly will be called upon in the event Swihart or starting catcher Christian Vazquez get hurt this season, if he chooses to accept his minor league assignment.

Leon is owed $2.5 million this season and batted .177 with a .511 OPS in 2018.

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