Centeno became a free agent Monday after refusing an outright assignment to the minors. Centeno has settled into his role as a third catcher at this point in his career. He's received at least some big-league time in seven straight seasons, including seven games last year, but has only twice appeared in more than 10 games and has never appeared in more than 55. He'll likely be searching for a minor-league deal this winter.
The Red Sox selected Centeno's contract from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. Centeno will provide Boston with a third option behind the plate, but he's not expected to see much usage in September. Top backstop Christian Vazquez will continue to see the overwhelming share of action at catcher while Boston remains in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Red Sox assigned Centeno to their minor-league camp Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox have yet to decide on a backup at catcher behind No. 1 option Christian Vazquez, but Centeno wasn't really a factor in the job battle while attending camp as a non-roster invitee. Instead, the choice will come down to Sandy Leon or Blake Swihart; the latter is out of options.
Centeno signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Centeno had a brief stint with the Rangers early in 2018 but spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Round Rock, accruing a .234/.291/.307 slash line. Christian Vasquez, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart are all under team control in 2019, likely leaving Centeno to provide catching depth should he remain in the organization through the season.
Centeno cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Centeno spent the start of the season as the Rangers' backup catcher but eventually lost the position to waiver claim Carlos Perez. His profile better fits that of a third catcher than a backup, as he's hit just .227/.278/.331 over parts of six seasons for five different teams. He'll slide back into that role for the Rangers and is unlikely to have much fantasy value even if an injury leaves an opening on the major-league roster.
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