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RED SOX ACQUIRE SANDY LEON FROM NATIONALS

RED SOX ACQUIRE SANDY LEON FROM NATIONALS

RED SOX ACQUIRE CATCHER SANDY LEON FROM WASHINGTON
Catcher Christian Vazquez placed on 60-day Disabled List

FORT MYERS, FL – The Boston Red Sox today acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, catcher Christian Vazquez was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Leon will be assigned to major league camp with the Red Sox, and is expected to participate in baseball activities tomorrow

redsox1Leon, 26, has appeared in 13 games this spring for the Nationals, batting .286 (6-for-21) with one double and three RBI. A switch-hitter, he appeared in 20 games for Washington last season, making 17 starts behind the plate. For his major league career, the native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has hit .189 (18-for-95) with three doubles, one home run, five RBI, and nine runs scored in 34 games, all with Washington (2012-14). Defensively, Leon has thrown out six of 15 (40%) potential base stealers in the major leagues. The Nationals won 16 of his 26 starts (.615) over the past three seasons.

Over four stints with the Nationals in 2014, he went 10-for-64 (.156) with a double, a home run, and three RBI while throwing out five of eight potential base stealers from behind the plate. In 51 games with Triple-A Syracuse last season, he batted .229 with nine doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI, and 23 walks, and caught 12 of 21 would-be base stealers (57%).

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