The Astros have agreed terms with the Red Sox to send catcher Christian Vazquez to Houston for two minor league prospects, Fox 26’s Mark Berman reports. The deal is pending a medical evaluation. The identity of the prospects is still not officially known.
Vazquez, 31, will be joining just the second organization of his career, having been with the Red Sox since being drafted in 2008. Since then, he’s reached the majors and established himself as a solid regular. Although not an All-Star, Vazquez has played in 407 games for the Red Sox since 2019, hitting .272/.321/.424 for a wRC+ of 97. The numbers look even better as he posts a wRC+ of 102 or higher in 2019, 2020 and here in 2022. He is hitting .282/.327/.432, 111 wRC+ this year. Combined with his defensive contributions, he produced 6.4 wins above replacement in those four years, according to FanGraphs.
He and the Red Sox agreed to a three-year extension in early 2018, with a club option for 2022. That option has finally been implemented by the club, and Vazquez is now only a few months away from reaching free agency for the first time. . Boston looked like a contender for much of the season, but went 8-19 in July, dropped to the basement of the AL East and 3 1/2 games out of the playoffs. With all these factors in mind, Sox Entertainment launched discounts and found one you’ll love.
For the Astros, the fact that Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro are struggling this year makes them ideal additions for a while. The Astros have shown they really like Maldonado in terms of his play calling and presence in the clubhouse, but he’s hitting .173/.239/.342 on the year for a wRC+ of 66. Castro has been even worse, slugging . 115/.205/.179 for a wRC+ of just 15. He also suffered a knee injury at IL a month ago, which only adds to the need for reinforcements behind the plate.
The Astros are the clear winners, sitting on a 67-36 record, which gives them a 12-game lead over the Mariners in the AL West. Vazquez is the second pick of the day, as he brought in Trey Mancini earlier today to solidify their lineup for the final months of the season and the postseason.
As for the Red Sox, they sit outside the postseason picture and find themselves in an awful situation but the season is still pushing the dice so close. In a recent slide, questions have been raised about how the Sox will approach the deadline with so many free agents willing to move. Vazquez was one such name, along with JD Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi among others. As the club tries to walk the line between buying and selling, there doesn’t seem to be a right answer. Shortly after the Vazquez deal was announced, the club reportedly acquired soon-to-be free agent Tommy Pham from the Reds, but then traded Jake Diekman to the White Sox. With less than 24 hours to go before the deadline, there will likely be a lot more activity.