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Boston Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon, Place Christian Vazquez on DL

March 30th, 2015 at 11:23 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox have made a move to shore up their depth at the catcher position by acquiring Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

The switch-hitting catcher has caught 34 games in parts of three seasons with the Nationals. He holds a career .189 batting average, but is known to be a good defensive catcher that excels at throwing out base runners. He's no Christian Vazquez, but he should be an adequate fill-in to back up Ryan Hanigan at catcher.

Leon has hit .257/.358/.414 at the Triple-A level in between his brief call ups to the majors. Scouts have said that he has a decent stroke, but he has never had the consistent at-bats needed to find his rhythm. The Red Sox don't need to expect much at the plate from a backup catcher role that rarely provides much offense, but remain enticed by what he can provide behind the plate. Last season he threw out 57% of base runners that attempted to steal against him in Triple-A, while gunning down 5 of the 8 runners that attempted to steal in his 17 starts with the Nationals.

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Boston Red Sox Can’t Rush Blake Swihart

March 28th, 2015 at 3:11 PM
By Sean Penney

Christian Vazquez went to have an MRI on Friday to check out his sore elbow and the news was hardly encouraging. The Boston Red Sox catcher revealed that the medical staff "found something" during the procedure that could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy. The team is awaiting a second opinion before releasing the details of what they found, but there is reason to be concerned that there may be something seriously wrong.

If Vazquez isn't ready to start the season, it would leave the Red Sox relying on Ryan Hanigan as their primary option behind the plate. The veteran catcher was acquired this offseason to back up Vazquez and be a mentor to the young catchers in the organization, but Hanigan may end up carving out a larger role than anticipated if Vazquez misses extended time. That's not exactly ideal, considering the 34-year old hasn't been an everyday catcher since 2012.

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Boston Red Sox Catcher Christian Vazquez Scheduled for MRI

March 27th, 2015 at 2:18 PM
By Sean Penney

The discomfort that Christian Vazquez has been feeling in his throwing elbow has not subsided, leading to the Boston Red Sox scheduling their young catcher for an MRI.

Vazquez has not played in a major league exhibition game since March 13, when he initially reported feeling discomfort in his elbow following an attempt to throw out a runner stealing second. Manager John Farrell revealed to reporters on Thursday that Vazquez had developed soreness in his triceps, which the team believes is due to altering his throwing mechanics to compensate for his elbow. The team is focused on having Vazquez regain his normal arm slot to prevent any further issues.

Vazquez is scheduled to appear in a minor league game on Friday, but will not be permitted to throw to any bases. Tossing the ball back to the pitcher is the only throwing he will be doing until the team gets more information regarding the status of his elbow from the MRI. The good news is that Vazquez believes his elbow is getting better by the day and remains hopeful that he will be ready by Opening Day.

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Henry Owens, Garin Cecchini Among Latest Cuts from Boston Red Sox Camp

March 26th, 2015 at 11:16 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox made some additional roster moves on Thursday to trim the number of players in their big league camp down to 43. The remaining group includes 32 players from the 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.

Third baseman Garin Cecchini, outfielder Bryce Brentz, and right-handed pitchers Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Manager John Farrell indicated that Cecchini would be given time at first base and the outfield during his time in Pawtucket. His path to the majors is currently blocked by Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner, so the Red Sox are looking to increase Cecchini's versatility in order to give the team some added flexibility. Cecchini hit .282 in 39 at-bats this spring and is tied for the team lead with 7 RBI.

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Allen Craig Poised for Bounce Back Season with the Boston Red Sox

March 25th, 2015 at 11:17 AM
By Sean Penney

Last season was a disaster for Allen Craig. It's easy to forget that he had been an All-Star the previous year given how much he struggled at the plate, as his production dipped well below replacement level. So far this spring, Craig is starting to look like his old self again, giving the Boston Red Sox a glimmer of hope that he can return to form.

Craig hit a career-low .215 last season, as he struggled through a foot injury that had plagued him since the end of the 2013 season. His average plummeted to a pitiful .128 in the 29 games he spent with the Red Sox following a mid-season trade that sent Craig and Joe Kelly to Boston for John Lackey. That's shocking coming from a player that had hit over .300 for three straight seasons leading up to last year. The trade could end up being a steal for Boston in the long run if Craig at least comes close to being the hitter he once was, yet the St. Louis Cardinals essentially considered him a throw in that they handed over in order to dump his salary. This year Craig will have the chance to make them regret that decision.

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