By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Sandy Leon era in Boston is over.
The Red Sox have traded the backup catcher to the Cleveland Indians for minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista. The decision came on the deadline day for teams to non-tender players on the 40-man roster.
The #RedSox today traded catcher Sandy León to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league RHP Adenys Bautista.
Boston’s 40-man roster is now at 37.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) December 2, 2019
Bautista does not appear to be much of a prospect. He did not make the Baseball America Top 30 list for the Indians system this past summer.
The decision to trade Leon likely saves the cash-conscious Red Sox about $2.5 million. Leon was eligible for salary arbitration this year and made $2.5 million last year.
This is not the first time the Sox have parted ways with the light-hitting Leon. The team designated him for assignment at the end of spring training last year, only to bring him back from Pawtucket three weeks later as the pitching staff struggled. Leon, a favorite catcher of many Red Sox pitchers, did not do much to change those poor results, with the team putting up a 4.70 staff ERA.
New Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom will likely look outside the organization to find a new backup catcher. The Red Sox appear to have no Major League-ready catchers in the minor leagues.