Pirates part ways with Diaz
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Catcher Elias Diaz will not return to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the club declined to offer him a contract for the 2020 season Monday.
The 29-year-old Diaz inherited the starting job last season while Francisco Cervelli dealt with a concussion before being released in August. Diaz hit .241 with two home runs and 28 RBIs in 101 games while splitting time with Jacob Stallings. Diaz struggled defensively. His 12 errors led all National League catchers and his eight passed balls ranked fifth.
The Pirates did sign shortstop Erik Gonzalez to a 2020 contract. Gonzalez hit .254 with one home run and six RBIs in his first season in Pittsburgh in 2019. He missed more than three months after fracturing his collarbone during a collision with center fielder Starling Marte in April.
Indians acquire veteran catcher Sandy Leon
from Red Sox
CLEVELAND — The Indians acquired veteran catcher Sandy Leon in a trade from the Red Sox.
Cleveland sent minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista to Boston on Monday for the 30-year-old Leon, who has split his eight-year major league career between Boston and Washington. Leon batted just .192 last season in 65 games for the Red Sox, but heís been ranked among the ALís best defensive catchers.
Leon is eligible for salary arbitration and is expected to earn more than $2.5 million, and Boston would have had to offer a contract by the 8 p.m. Monday deadline.
To make room on their roster, the Indians designated right-hander James Hoyt for assignment.
The club also chose not to tender a 2020 contract for catcher Kevin Plawecki, who last season served as Roberto Perezís primary backup — a role that could now go to Leon.
A switch-hitter, Leon has a .221 career batting average with 25 home runs and 123 RBIs in 392 games. When heís been behind the plate, Bostonís pitchers have posted a 3.74 ERA.
The 22-year-old Bautista went 1-1 with a 7.79 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Indians in Arizona Rookie League in 2019.