The Red Sox announced Monday that they have traded catcher Sandy Leon to the Cleveland Indians for minor league right handed pitcher Adenys Bautista.
Leon appeared in 65 games at catcher for Boston in 2019, making 50 starts. He hit .192 (33-for-172) with five home runs and 19 RBI.
Over the last five seasons, he played in 358 games for the Red Sox. His best season offensively was in 2016 when he hit .310 with career-highs in home runs (7) and doubles (17).
Bautista was signed by Cleveland out of the Dominican Republic and made his professional debut in 2018. He has appeared in just 27 minor league games,all at the rookie level.
Leon was challenged offensively for most of his time with Boston but he's regarded as a smart catcher who calls a good game, thus one of the reasons Sale appeared to be more comfortable with him behind the plate.
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