MESA, Ariz. — Sandy Leon was not at Sloan Park when the Red Sox played the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. The 30-year-old catcher was back at the team hotel, waiting to find out where he will play this season.
After failing to find an acceptable trade for one of their three catchers, the Red Sox placed Leon on waivers. They will enter the season with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart as their catchers. It was not a moment of celebration for Swihart, who was told by the Sox that he would be on the Opening Day roster, because he counts Leon as a friend.
The waivers on Leon will expire at approximately noon on Tuesday. If no team claims him, the Sox are expected to assign him to Triple-A Pawtucket. Leon has the right to refuse that assignment, having previously been outrighted following the 2015 season. But he doesn’t have enough service time to refuse the assignment and retain his $2,475,000 salary for this season.