July 28, 2021

Sandy León Trade: We’ll always have those six weeks in 2016 (Over the Monster)

Late Monday morning, hours before he was almost certainly going to be non-tendered by the Red Sox, Sandy León was traded to the Indians in exchange for right-handed minor-league pitcher Adenys Bautista. The return provides very little upside, but the deal makes sense given that Boston clearly wasn’t ready to roll into another season with León as their backup. If you are just going to non-tender a player anyway, you might as well get what you can in a deal, even if that is next to nothing. Even next to nothing is better than actually nothing, ya know? There is not an in-house option to back up Christian Vázquez, but the Red Sox can find that on the open market.

While this move makes sense, it is still a bit sad. León obviously was far from a superstar in his tenure with the Red Sox, but he was with the team for five years. That’s a long time! Of course, most of that time was centered around a debate about how much defense was needed behind the plate to negate non-existent offense. León had a 64 OPS+ with the Red Sox and over the last three years it was even worse at 51.

If and when we do look back at León’s tenure with the Red Sox, those debates are going to be…

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