Red Sox DFA Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

The Boston Red Sox are off to a poor start this season, as they entered Tuesday tied for last in the American League East with a 6-11 record. Trying to get their pitching staff on track, the Red Sox replaced the 27-year-old Swihart with Sandy Leon, a glove-first catcher already familiar to and beloved by Red Sox pitchers. He will need to pass through waivers before going to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Consider it surprising, then, that this is how things end between Swihart and the Red Sox.

The Bedford, Texas, native is batting.231 this season with a home run, four runs batted in and an OPS of.695 through 29 plate appearances.

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Fair or not, the main criticism of Swihart centers around his ability to play catcher at a high level and manage a pitching staff. Boston's pitchers have been largely bad this season, a major factor in the defending World Series champions disappointing 6-11 start. Both Sale and Rick Porcello, who have struggled horribly so far this year, view Leon as their preferred catcher and have raved about him publicly.

Boston will now move forward with Vazquez and Leon as its two catchers while Swihart will undoubtedly be picked up by another club. He hit.255 with nine homers, 58 RBIs and 10 stolen bases while appearing in 203 games over parts of five seasons in Boston.

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