The Cincinnati Reds are looking to outperform expectations this season, though they've started 2-5 to begin the year. In an attempt to build some depth at the catcher position, the front office has brought in veteran Sandy Leon on a minor league contract.
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The Reds made headlines this past offseason by trading away starting catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Detroit Tigers. The emergence of young slugger Tyler Stephenson ended up prompting the move. Stephenson is off to a hot start in 2022 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI through the first 7 games.
Leon is not going to steal any playing time from Stephenson, but he could fight for a roster spot if backup catcher Aramis Garcia struggles or gets hurt. After all, Leon is a 10-year pro that has the knowledge to help Cincinnati's young pitchers work their way through the best lineups in baseball.
Overall, the 33-year-old owns a career slash line of .212/.277/.319 and has smacked 31 home runs in 500 games played. Keep in mind he appeared in a career-high 89 contests in 2018 with the World Series champions Boston Red Sox. That playoff experience should not be taken lightly here.
The Reds will continue working toward securing a playoff berth for just the second time in the last nine years. They play their second game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night and are currently slated as +210 underdogs over on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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