The Boston Red Sox sent Sandy Leon to the Cleveland Indians on Monday, December 2nd in exchange for a minor league pitcher, Adenys Bautista

León, 30, appeared in 65 games at catcher for Boston in 2019 (50 starts), hitting .192 (33-for-172) with five home runs and 19 RBI. He threw out 6 of 32 (18.7%) attempted base stealers last season while posting a 4.88 catcher’s ERA. Leon started 305 games at catcher for Boston in the last five seasons.

Bautista, 21, made his professional debut in 2018 after signing with Cleveland out of the Dominican Republic. In 2019, the right-hander made 7 relief appearances in the Dominican Summer League and 7 in the Arizona League, posting a 7.79 ERA (15 ER/17.1 IP) and a .239 opponent batting average between the two clubs. Left-handed batters were only 3-for-23 (.130) with no extra-base hits against Bautista last season.

The Red Sox needed to tender a contract to Leon by 8 Monday night, December 2nd or he would have been a free agent, had they not traded him.

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