Indians acquire veteran catcher Sandy León from Red Sox

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The Red Sox traded catcher Sandy León to he Cleveland Indians in change for minor league righthanded pitcher Adenys Bautista.

Leon, who had appeared in 358 games for Boston since being acquired from the Nationals at the beginning of 2015, was projected to earn $2.8 million in 2020, his third season of arbitration eligibility.

The Indians have acquired Leon in a trade from the Red Sox.

Cleveland sent minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista to Boston on Monday for the 30-year-old Leon, who has split his eight-year major league career between Boston and Washington.

In 65 games, he hit.192 with five home runs and 19 runs batted in with an OPS of.548. Leon has posted a career caught stealing a percentage of 32.2 and is known for his success in pitch-framing. Leon was eligible for salary arbitration this year and made $2.5 million last year.

The Indians also designated right-handed pitcher James Hoyt for assignment in the transaction. In 2019, he made seven relief appearances in the Dominican Summer League and seven in the Arizona League, posting a 7.79 ERA (15 ER/17.1 IP) and a.239 opponent batting average between the two clubs.

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