The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have struck a deal, as Christian Vazquez is heading to the AL West.
The Sox were in clear sell mode coming into the trade deadline. And with Vazquez on an expiring contract, getting a deadline deal done made all the sense in the world.
It didn’t seem to bother Vazquez either, who mentioned over the weekend that he wouldn’t be surprised if he were moved.
Well, what do you know? It happened.
Christian Vazquez trade details: Astros and Red Sox
Vazquez is headed to Houston, where he’ll take over (at least some of the time) for catcher Martin Maldonado, who is hitting far below the Mendoza line.
As much as the Houston pitchers like Maldonado, he is not a playoff-caliber backstop. Vazquez, meanwhile, was slashing .282/.327/.432 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in Boston.
The timing of this one was fun with Vazquez in the starting lineup for the Red Sox as they got set to face the Astros in Houston.
The Red Sox drafted Vazquez in 2008 but he didn’t make his debut for the team until 2014. He missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery then worked his way into regular status by 2017. In 2018, he helped Boston win the World Series.
The full trade details have yet to be announced. We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.