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Red Sox sign Kevin Plawecki

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The Boston nRed Sox have signed catcher Kevin Plawecki to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

Plawecki, a career .218/.304/.322 hitter, was the backup backstop in Cleveland last season and, actually, didn’t hit as well as his career line. Still, he’s just the backup catcher. And the guy who was their backup catcher last year — Sandy Léon who, coincidentally, the Sox traded to the Indians last month, so the two of ’em are trading places even if they weren’t traded for each other — didn’t hit a lick either. Christian Vázquez’s is the starter, obviously.

The Bosox designated Sam Travis for assignment in a corresponding move.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.