Christian Vazquez exchange Astros procure Red Sox catcher
Vázquez will actually want to simply switch clubhouses as Boston is in Houston for a series
The Houston Astros are concluding an exchange that will net them catcher Christian Vázquez from the Boston Red Sox, as per ESPN. The Astros had recently been associated with Chicago Cubs stopping board Willson Contreras, among others, as they continued looking for a redesign behind the plate over Martín Maldonado and Korey Lee. The Red Sox are supposed to get two small time players, infielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu, consequently.
In an odd occurrence, the Red Sox are set to take on the Astros starting Monday night. Vázquez, then, only requirements to change clubhouses preceding the game.
Vázquez, 31, is an approaching free specialist. He batted .282/.327/.432 (108 OPS+) with eight grand slams in 84 games with the Red Sox. By and large, he's been viewed as a better than expected defender, both in the outlining and the tossing divisions. Statcast's outlining metric has him a hair less than ideal this season, for whatever it's worth.
Vázquez is the second eminent expansion the Astros have made to their list on Monday. Prior in the early evening, Houston got first baseman Trey Mancini as a component of a three-group exchange with the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros, who entered Monday with a 12-game lead in the American League West, are in no peril of losing their grip on the division; it's reasonable, however, that James Click and company are attempting to update where they can in front of a potential World Series run.
Concerning the Red Sox, they came into Monday in last spot in the AL East at 51-51. Chaim Bloom's group may just be 3 1/2 games back in the special case race, yet it seems he will exchange looming free specialists in the event that the return is correct.
Valdez, 23, has hit .296/.347/.560 out of 38 Triple-A games this season. Baseball America as of late positioned him as the twelfth best possibility in the framework, noticing that he has a "bat-first a respectable halfway point profile." Abreu, in the mean time, is a 23-year-old outfielder who BA positioned 21st in the framework in view of his power and on-base abilities.