Spring Training '19

McAdam: Blake Swihart tunes out the noise while waiting to hear about his future

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The clock is ticking, the time fast approaching: sometime before the regular season opener in Seattle, two weeks from Thursday, the Red Sox will almost certainly trade a catcher.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski stated that was his goal back in January. The challenges of carrying three catchers on a 25-man roster are just too great and restrictive for the Sox to do again for a second straight season.

So, to alleviate the roster crunch, one of the Sox' catchers will go: Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez or Blake Swihart.

Given that Leon is a favorite of the veteran starters and Vazquez is signed for the next three seasons, it seems a given that Swihart will be the odd-man-out. Indeed, a baseball source said last week that the Kansas City Royals had expressed an interest in obtaining Swihart before signing free agent Martin Maldonado.