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Red Sox trade starting catcher Christian Vázquez to Houston Astros – WCVB Boston

Red Sox trade starting catcher Christian Vázquez to Houston Astros - WCVB Boston
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The Boston Red Sox have parted ways with starting catcher Christian Vázquez a day before Major League Baseball’s trade deadline. ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted just before 6:30 p.m. Monday that the Red Sox were finalizing a deal to send Vázquez to the Houston Astros.Shortly after 8:20 p.m., the Red Sox announced that they traded Vázquez to the Astros in exchange for two minor leaguers: infielder/outfielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu.Vázquez, 31, has played eight major league seasons with Boston, the team that drafted him in the ninth round in 2008. He was the longest-tenured player in the organization.The Puerto Rico native has a .262 career batting average with 124 doubles, 54 home runs and 266 runs batted in across 698 games. He also helped the Red Sox win a World Series championship in 2018.This season, Vázquez is batting .282 with 20 doubles, eight homers and 42 RBI.“This is one that I know hurts in the clubhouse,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. “That’s something we don’t take lightly.” Boston opened a three-game series against the Astros in Houston on Monday. Vázquez was initially listed as the No. 5 hitter in the Red Sox lineup Monday night at catcher at 5:05 p.m., but he was removed from the lineup before first pitch and replaced by Kevin Plawecki.Valdez, a 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic, is ranked as the 28th-best prospect in the Astros’ minor league system, according to MLB Pipeline. He is currently at the Triple-A level.MLB Pipeline ranks Abreu, a 23-year-old from Venezuela, as Houston’s 29th-best prospect. He is currently at the Double-A level.Baseball America, however, is higher on Valdez and Abreu than MLB Pipeline. Valdez is the Astros’ No. 12 prospect according to Baseball America, while Abreu is Houston’s No. 21 prospect.The Red Sox and Astros have met three times in the postseason over the past five years. Houston defeated Boston in the 2017 American League Division Series, but the Sox got revenge by beating the Astros in the 2018 AL Championship Series en route to a World Series title. Last season, the two teams met in the ALCS with Houston getting the better of Boston.To replace Vázquez, the Red Sox confirmed they have acquired catcher Reese McGuire from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman. Boston will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations from Chicago as part of the deal.McGuire, 27, is a former first-round pick who is in his fifth major league season. He played his first four MLB seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the White Sox on April 3. The left-handed batter is a career .241 hitter with 34 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBI.In February 2020, McGuire was charged with a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure after he was accused of exposing himself while sitting in an SUV in a shopping center parking lot in Dunedin, Florida, near the Blue Jays’ spring training complex. He pleaded no contest months later and was fined $500.Diekman, 35, signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in March after playing 10 seasons with five other MLB teams. He had a 5-1 record with Boston this season across 44 games, but posted a 4.23 earned run average and converted just one of four save opportunities in 38 1/3 innings pitched.The Red Sox also announced that they acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.Pham, 34, is a right-handed hitter who has played nine major league seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (2014-18), Tampa Bay Rays (2018-19), San Diego Padres (2020-21) and Cincinnati. The former 16th-round pick is a career .261 hitter with 124 doubles, 18 triples, 108 home runs, 339 RBI and 96 stolen bases.In May, Pham was suspended three games and fined $5,000 for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson prior to a game over “a matter of principle” regarding Pederson’s use of a meme in a group chat for a fantasy football league they both participated in, as well as Pederson’s interpretation of the fantasy league’s rules. In two other roster moves on Monday, the Red Sox announced they recalled catcher Ronaldo Hernandez from Triple-A Worcester and reinstated left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the 15-day injured list.The month of July was a struggle for the Red Sox, as the team went 8-19 and fell below .500 (51-52). Boston went 3-7 in the 10 games after the All-Star break and now sits in last place in the AL East division. The Sox, however, are just three and a half games back for the third and final Wild Card spot in the American League.Bloom said Monday that Boston could make more moves before Tuesday’s deadline.“I don’t know yet what is to come, but as with anything, we have to be open to what is right for the organization,” he said.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

The Boston Red Sox have parted ways with starting catcher Christian Vázquez a day before Major League Baseball’s trade deadline.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted just before 6:30 p.m. Monday that the Red Sox were finalizing a deal to send Vázquez to the Houston Astros.

Shortly after 8:20 p.m., the Red Sox announced that they traded Vázquez to the Astros in exchange for two minor leaguers: infielder/outfielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu.

Vázquez, 31, has played eight major league seasons with Boston, the team that drafted him in the ninth round in 2008. He was the longest-tenured player in the organization.

The Puerto Rico native has a .262 career batting average with 124 doubles, 54 home runs and 266 runs batted in across 698 games. He also helped the Red Sox win a World Series championship in 2018.

This season, Vázquez is batting .282 with 20 doubles, eight homers and 42 RBI.

“This is one that I know hurts in the clubhouse,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. “That’s something we don’t take lightly.”

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Boston opened a three-game series against the Astros in Houston on Monday. Vázquez was initially listed as the No. 5 hitter in the Red Sox lineup Monday night at catcher at 5:05 p.m., but he was removed from the lineup before first pitch and replaced by Kevin Plawecki.

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Valdez, a 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic, is ranked as the 28th-best prospect in the Astros’ minor league system, according to MLB Pipeline. He is currently at the Triple-A level.

MLB Pipeline ranks Abreu, a 23-year-old from Venezuela, as Houston’s 29th-best prospect. He is currently at the Double-A level.

Baseball America, however, is higher on Valdez and Abreu than MLB Pipeline. Valdez is the Astros’ No. 12 prospect according to Baseball America, while Abreu is Houston’s No. 21 prospect.

The Red Sox and Astros have met three times in the postseason over the past five years. Houston defeated Boston in the 2017 American League Division Series, but the Sox got revenge by beating the Astros in the 2018 AL Championship Series en route to a World Series title. Last season, the two teams met in the ALCS with Houston getting the better of Boston.

To replace Vázquez, the Red Sox confirmed they have acquired catcher Reese McGuire from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman. Boston will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations from Chicago as part of the deal.

McGuire, 27, is a former first-round pick who is in his fifth major league season. He played his first four MLB seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the White Sox on April 3. The left-handed batter is a career .241 hitter with 34 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBI.

In February 2020, McGuire was charged with a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure after he was accused of exposing himself while sitting in an SUV in a shopping center parking lot in Dunedin, Florida, near the Blue Jays’ spring training complex. He pleaded no contest months later and was fined $500.

Diekman, 35, signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in March after playing 10 seasons with five other MLB teams. He had a 5-1 record with Boston this season across 44 games, but posted a 4.23 earned run average and converted just one of four save opportunities in 38 1/3 innings pitched.

The Red Sox also announced that they acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Pham, 34, is a right-handed hitter who has played nine major league seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (2014-18), Tampa Bay Rays (2018-19), San Diego Padres (2020-21) and Cincinnati. The former 16th-round pick is a career .261 hitter with 124 doubles, 18 triples, 108 home runs, 339 RBI and 96 stolen bases.

In May, Pham was suspended three games and fined $5,000 for slapping San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson prior to a game over “a matter of principle” regarding Pederson’s use of a meme in a group chat for a fantasy football league they both participated in, as well as Pederson’s interpretation of the fantasy league’s rules.

In two other roster moves on Monday, the Red Sox announced they recalled catcher Ronaldo Hernandez from Triple-A Worcester and reinstated left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the 15-day injured list.

The month of July was a struggle for the Red Sox, as the team went 8-19 and fell below .500 (51-52). Boston went 3-7 in the 10 games after the All-Star break and now sits in last place in the AL East division. The Sox, however, are just three and a half games back for the third and final Wild Card spot in the American League.

Bloom said Monday that Boston could make more moves before Tuesday’s deadline.

“I don’t know yet what is to come, but as with anything, we have to be open to what is right for the organization,” he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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