Rangers Snag Former World Series Champion Catcher

Tyler Maher
The Texas Rangers added a veteran catcher with championship experience.
The Texas Rangers added a veteran catcher with championship experience. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Texas Rangers have made some huge splashes this winter, none bigger than signing two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. The Rangers are also rumored to be in the mix for All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds.

On Thursday, Texas made a smaller move to bolster its catching depth by signing a former World Series champion to a minor-league deal.

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That player is 11-year MLB veteran Sandy Leon, who will be 34 next season. Leon has previously suited up for five different teams, with his longest stint being a five-year run with the Boston Red Sox from 2015-2019.

Leon split catching duties with Christian Vazquez during his time in Boston, helping the team win three straight AL East titles from 2016-2018 and playing a key role on the 2018 World Series champions. While his bat was usually subpar, Leon was a capable defensive catcher who did a good job handling Boston's veteran pitching staff.

Perhaps he can do the same with Texas if he makes the big-league roster, especially given his familiarity with Nathan Eovaldi from their time together with the Red Sox. Leon hasn't hit above .200 since 2017, however, so he may need to show some more life in his bat to earn a spot on a Rangers team that is trying to contend.

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