Twins add catcher depth in trade with Cleveland

The Minnesota Twins continued making deadline-day deals Tuesday by adding depth at catcher.

In a trade with the division rival Cleveland Guardians, the Twins acquired catcher Sandy Leon.

Leon has played parts of the past 11 seasons in the majors, including stops in Washington, Boston, Miami and Cleveland. He’s got more than 500 games of MLB experience but has played just eight this year.

However, the move adds depth for the Twins, who are still missing catcher Ryan Jeffers due to injury.

Leon was immediately sent to Triple-A St. Paul.

In exchange for Leon, the Twins sent relief pitcher Ian Hamilton to Cleveland.

Hamilton made one appearance for the Twins this season but has mostly spent the past two years in St. Paul. This year, he had a 1.88 ERA with 36 strikeouts, eight walks and a .158 batting average against across 28.2 innings for the Saints.

He was initially scooped up off waivers from the Phillies in February 2021.

Click here to read about the Twins’ higher-profile moves on Tuesday.