The trade deadline is still five weeks away (August 2nd, 6pm ET), but the Cincinnati Reds aren’t waiting around to get things going. On Friday they traded Trey Amburgey to the Seattle Mariners. This morning they moved another minor leaguer that they had playing in Triple-A. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds have traded catcher Sandy León to the Cleveland Guardians for cash considerations.
The move itself isn’t too surprising. On Saturday the Reds picked up catcher Michael Papierski from the San Francisco Giants on a waiver claim. That gave the organization five catchers on the 40-man roster. There is only so much playing time available to go around and so Cincinnati probably picked up the phone and started making calls to see if anyone was interested in acquiring one of their upper level, non-40-man rostered catchers.
Back in 2020 Sandy León played for Cleveland. The now 33-year-old got into 25 games in 2020, hitting .136/.296/.242. He played in 84 games last season with the Marlins, hitting .183/.237/.267. This year he’s spent all year in Triple-A with Louisville, though he was on the taxi squad for one road trip. He’s played in 26 games for the Bats and has hit .222/.321/.306 with 3 doubles, a home run, 10 walks, and 12 strikeouts.
Known for his defense behind the plate, León has spent parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues despite hitting .212/.277/.319 in his Major League Baseball career. The most important defensive spot on the field, catchers – and particularly ones not expected to play every day – aren’t asked to hit much if they can work well with the pitching staff. That’s what Cleveland is getting, or at least hoping to be able to get from Sandy León, who is reportedly being added to the Guardians active 26-man roster. It’s happening so quickly that León is in the starting lineup for Cleveland for a game that starts today at 1:10pm.