Cleveland Indians: Projecting Cleveland’s upcoming free agents landing spots

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Cesar Hernandez #7 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Reynaldo López #40 of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 22, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Cesar Hernandez #7 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Reynaldo López #40 of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 22, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 7
Next
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 30: Sandy Leon #9 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins on July 30, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 30: Sandy Leon #9 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins on July 30, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

C, Sandy Leon

After helping the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series and sharing the starting catching duties with Christian Vazquez, the Indians hoped to find a reliable backup for Roberto Perez in Sandy Leon when they added him last offseason.

Things would not go as planned, however, as Leon struggled with the Indians this season, slashing just .136/.296/.242 with two home runs and four RBI’s in 25 games.

With a poor showing and not much upside at 31-years old, it’s unlikely the Indians bring back Leon unless he inks a minor league deal and is given a shot to compete for the backup catcher spot in Spring Training.
Regardless of where Leon signs, he’ll likely only get a one-year deal or a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. One team that may give him that opportunity is the New York Mets.

The Mets have had a revolving door at catcher ever since Paul Lo Duca left after the 2007 season. They have also given chances to several veteran catchers such as Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Devin Mesoraco and Robinson Chirinos.

Thus, maybe the Mets end up taking a similar flyer on Leon to see if he could become a steady backup catcher in Flushing.

Projected Landing Spot: Minor League Deal with New York Mets