Mar 16, 2014; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway (20) drives in a run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox make Ryan Lavarnway available for trade

The Boston Red Sox have made a versatile player available to teams if they’re willing to trade for him.

According to Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England, catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Ryan Lavarnway is available to teams via trade. Currently, the Red Sox have free-agent acquisition A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross as their two primary catchers. At first base, Boston has Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, and Mike Carp in the depth chart. This leaves Lavarnway as the odd man out.

Lavarnway, 26, has spent all three of his Major League years with Boston. Last season, he only played in 25 games with the Red Sox, hitting .299/.329/.429. One team that may want to look at Lavarnway as a catching option is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who earlier today announced that Chris Stewart would likely need surgery on his right knee. The Pirates primary catcher is Russell Martin, so Lavarnway would play backup to him.

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  • Tj Streib

    I don’t see this happening. 1) They need a lefty complement to Gaby Sanchez at 1B, Lavarnway is righty. 2) He is horrible at throwing out baserunners. The Bucs already jettisoned Rod Barajas & Michael McKenry for their own inability to do so.

    • endofthedial

      I agree. Lavarnway would merely block Tony Sanchez, who is better offensively and no worse defensively. No upside for the Bucs here. I would rather have them pick up a good veteran defensive catcher to back up Martin, while Sanchez works on his defense at Indy. For the Bucs defense is key.