Sandy Leon – Free Agent
While Roberto Perez might be the most likely to return on this list, Sandy Leon might be the least likely. Despite playing an injury prone position that requires depth, Leon might be on his way out of Cleveland this offseason.
The arrival of Austin Hedges seemed to spell the end of Leon’s tenure, but instead the Indians opted to roll with three catchers for most of the season. This was due in large part to the odd year and shouldn’t be a norm moving forward.
With that being said, there might not be a spot for Leon. With Perez and Hedges expected to be back next year, Leon would have to be comfortable with playing at Triple-A and waiting for an opportunity.
Having a veteran catcher in the minors in the event of injury is a common practice, but they often aren’t at the level of Leon who could find a full-time spot on some team’s major league roster.
Leon will be 32-years old entering next season, leaving plenty of years left to play. Odds are some team will offer him a spot in the majors, it just won’t be the Indians since they already have their two catchers rostered.