Red Sox place Vazquez on the 60-day DL; trade for Sandy Leon

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox were active on Monday acquiring catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations. To make room for Leon on the 40 man roster, Christian Vazquez was placed on the 60-day DL with a right elbow sprain. Vazquez, who will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, will be lost for a good portion of the year.

Sandy Leon, 26, is not a good hitter as he is a career .189 hitter with 1 homer and 5 RBIs in just 95 big league at bats. However, he has thrown out 40% (6 for 15) of baserunners in his short career. Leon was out of options and the Nationals did not project to him clear waivers. This spring, Leon was hitting .286 with one RBI in Nationals' camp. He now projects to fight with Humberto Quintero for the backup spot at catcher.

This move may signal that Blake Swihart will begin the season in the minors and not as the backup catcher. Both Quintero and Leon have more experience than Swihart. The Sox will probably chose to have him develop and get regular at bats in the minors instead.

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