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Red Sox DFA Blake Swihart, recall Sandy León

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Evan Drellich reports that the Red Sox are designating catcher Blake Swihart for assignment. They are calling up Sandy León to take his place.

Swihart was hitting .231/.310/.385 as of this morning but his DFA is likely more a function of the Sox trying to do something — anything — to get the pitching staff back on track. León can’t hit a lick but his game-calling skills and his defense are superior, so he’ll get the call when Christian Vázquez isn’t catching.

The 27-year-old Swihart was once a top prospect but has never fulfilled his potential. Whether that is on him or on a Red Sox organization that never seemed to want to commit to him behind the dish is unclear, but what’s done is done. You have to figure that his reputation and that potential will get him a shot with another team, whether that occurs via trade or if he is released and signs elsewhere.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.