The Blake Swihart OF experiment has ended
Blake Swihart won’t be making any appearances in left field or any outfield position during the 2017 season, per a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. In fact, the only place the Red Sox want to see him is behind the plate.
The 24-year-old will compete against fellow catchers Sandy Leon and Christian Vasquez for a starting role during spring training. He was named the Opening Day catcher in 2016, but was demoted within the month and moved to left field upon his return to the majors in late May. His season came to a premature end in early June after Swihart suffered a severe left ankle sprain on a bad outfield catch.
Despite the uncertainty around Boston’s catching situation in 2017, they have three guys for one position, so a trade before the regular season starts is likely. Keep an eye on the Arizona Diamondbacks to try to swing a deal for one of them–reports are heating up around their negotiations with the Red Sox front office.
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