Spring Training '19

McAdam: Red Sox make the right call at catcher – with some risks

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After a full season in which they managed to keep a trio of catchers on their roster for the entire year, the Red Sox determined that, for 2019, three couldn't go into two again.

Accordingly, Dave Dombrowski signaled early in the offseason, then re-affirmed more strongly in January, the Sox would have just two catchers on the roster when Opening Day rolled around.

On Tuesday, that became a reality, with Sandy Leon, having cleared waivers, was outrighted off the 40-man roster and assigned to Pawtucket. Leon will have 48 hours to accept or refuse an assignment, but since refusing it would also mean forfeiting his $2.4-million salary for the year, it's a virtual certainty he'll accept.

He'll be just 45 miles away should an injury befall either Christian Vazquez or Blake Swihart, the two survivors of the spring catching competition.