Red Sox trade Swihart to Arizona for minor leaguer

  • Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, right, runs after a pitch that got away as umpire Marty Foster (60) looks on during the fourth inning of an opening day baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Ross D. Franklin

  • Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart, right, celebrates his run scored against the Arizona Diamondbacks with teammate Mookie Betts, left, during the third inning of an opening day baseball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Ross D. Franklin

Associated Press
Published: 4/19/2019 9:35:49 PM
Modified: 4/19/2019 9:35:36 PM

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox have traded catcher Blake Swihart to the Arizona Diamondbacks along international bonus pool space for minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson.

The teams announced the deal Friday.

Swihart was designated for assignment Tuesday. He is 6 for 26 (.231) with one home run and four RBIs in 12 games this season, making all six of his starts at catcher. He has also played at first base and left field.

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen worked in player development and amateur scouting with Boston when Swihart was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft. The 27-year-old became one of the club’s top prospects, but his offensive production hasn’t matched the hype.

Wilson was a second-round pick in 2014. The 22-year old has a .255 average with a .727 OPS in 391 minor league games, including 12 this year at Double-A.


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