The transaction was, to be sure, a minor one, and might not have been even noticed were we not so desperate for news -- any news! -- in these disquieting times.
The Red Sox Monday announced that they had obtained Jhonny Pereda from the Cubs, completing a deal that sent Travis Lakins to Chicago back on Jan. 21.
In this case, Pereda was the proverbial player-to-be-named later.
But that makes his acquisition interesting is that he becomes the fifth catcher the Sox have obtained since ChaimBloom was appointed chief baseball officer last fall. He follows Kevin Plawecki, Connor Wong, Jett Bandy and Jonathan Lucroy.
(Technically, one could also add Juan Centeno, who was granted free agency last fall, then returned on a minor league deal after Bloom was hired).
Granted, none of these players is likely to make Red Sox fans forget Carlton Fisk. Centeno and Bandy, in particular, are 4A types -- journeyman with some big league experience who can serve as insurance at Triple-A should something happen to a catcher on the major league roster.
But the pattern here is not accidental. Catching was one of the thinnest positions in the Red Sox organization. Beyond starter Christian Vazquez, the Red Sox didn't have much at the catcher's spot. They traded Sandy Leon to Cleveland, leaving them, for a time at least, without a single catcher beyond Vazquez with major league experience.