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Texas Rangers catcher Sandy Leon has been selected from Triple-A Round Rock.
Leon's promotion comes on the heels of Mitch Garver being placed on the 10-day IL with a knee sprain. The journeyman backstop continues to deliver value with his glove but has struggled mightily at the plate, posting a career .210 average and a .592 OPS across 536 big-league contests.
Sandy Leon has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers. The deal includes an invite to major-league spring training.
Leon struggled last season in 34 games with the Guardians and Twins, slashing .169/.298/.211 with a 58 wRC+. He'll look to compete for a spot on the major-league roster, but is still likely to be behind both Jonah Heim and Mitch Garver on the depth chart.
Sandy Leon was acquired by the Twins in exchange for pitcher Ian Hamilton.
The Twins were looking for depth at catcher and were able to acquire a veteran in Leon. The 33-year-old has only played in nine games this season, posting a .133 batting average over 15 at-bats. While he will not strong offensive presence, he does bring a .995 fielding percentage in 472 games behind the plate.
Cleveland catcher Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
Leon hit a solo shot off KC starter Jakob Junis in the second inning. The veteran catcher is hitting .140 with two homers, four runs, and three RBI in 57 at-bats.
Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Leon went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks in an 8-5 win over Detroit on Sunday.
Much has been made about how unproductive the Cleveland catchers have been this season. Leon did what he could to change that narrative on Sunday. He will continue to operate as the team's primary catcher while Roberto Perez is sidelined by a shoulder injury.