Humberto Quintero

Vazquez insurance: The Red Sox acquire catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals

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The Washington Nationals have traded catcher Sandy Leon to the Boston Red Sox in a deal first reported by . . . Sandy Leon:

No word yet what the Nats are getting in return. Fact was, however, that Leon was out of options and he wasn’t going to make the Nats with Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobatan there. In Boston, Leon will likely be the backup catcher now that Christian Vazquez’s health is in serious doubt and Ryan Hanigan looks to take over the starting role. Humberto Quintero is still knocking around Sox camp too, so it’s not a sure thing, of course.

Leon hasn’t hit at all in a small number of big league plate appearances. He has done much better in the minors and, his primary calling card — his excellent arm — plays anyplace.