Indians complete trade with Red Sox, add catcher Sandy León

León is known for his defense

James Rapien
December 02, 2019 - 1:31 pm
May 11, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon (3) hits a three run home run during the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


CLEVELAND, OH – The Indians acquired catcher Sandy León from the Red Sox in exchange for minor-league pitcher Adenys Bautista on Monday.

León, 30, is known for his defense. He’s thrown out 32.2 percent (58-for-122) of runners that have tried to steal bases during his 8-year career. Red Sox pitchers have posted a 3.74 ERA over the past five seasons with León at catcher, which is the fifth-lowest mark among catchers during that span.

He’s expected to make around $2.8 million in 2020 – his final year of arbitration. He’s eligible for free agency in 2021.

León posted a .192 (33-for-172) batting average with five home runs and 19 RBI in 65 games last season. He’s hitting .221 with 25 home runs and 123 RBI in his 8-year career.

This deal could lead to another moving involving backup catcher Kevin Plawecki, who has two years of control left and will be a free agent in 2022. The Indians also have catchers Roberto Pérez and Eric Haase on their 40-man roster.  

The Indians designated James Hoyt for assignment to clear a roster spot for León.