Leon signed a one-year, $2.475 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Leon had an abysmal offensive campaign in 2018 with a .177/.232/.279, and was the worst hitter in the league with a 33 wRC+ (minimum 250 plate appearances). The 29-year-old should remain a part of Boston's catching situation in 2019 with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, neither of which performed significantly better offensively last season.
Leon is out of the starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Wednesday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Christian Vazquez will catch Rick Porcello and bat eighth in the order in Leon's absence. This marks the third straight game that manager Alex Cora has elected to start Vazquez behind the plate.
Leon is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Leon will hit the bench after going hitless in his only at-bat during the first two games of the series. Christian Vazquez is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth in his place.
Leon remains on the bench Tuesday against the Yankees, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. After a stretch in which Leon started three straight games, he's now sat for four of five. Christian Vazquez will again get the start behind the plate.
Leon is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets. After starting three straight games, Leon has sat for three of the last four. He's hitless in his last 13 games, so it's little surprise that he finds himself on the bench. Christian Vazquez will start behind the plate.