Red Sox trade Christian Vazquez to Astros

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The Astros added backstop depth ahead of the Trade Deadline on Monday, agreeing to terms with the Red Sox for catcher Christian Vázquez.

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In the deal, Houston sent two Minor Leaguers back to Boston: IF Enmanuel Valdez and OF Wilyer Abreu.

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This is Houston's second move in as many hours, after trading for Orioles 1B/DH Trey Mancini.

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Vázquez is a surehanded catcher who can provide offensive production as well...

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and he won a World Series with Boston in 2018. He's slashing .282/.327/.432 this season.

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The Astros began a series at home against the Red Sox on Monday night.

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Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, figured to be one player on the move out of Boston before Tuesday's deadline.

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The 31-year-old Vazquez has only played for the Red Sox in his big league career, which dates back to 2014.

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He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in the 2008 draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

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He had been the longest-tenured player in the organization.

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This season, Vazquez is batting .282 with a .759 OPS. In his career, he's a .262 hitter with a .700 OPS.

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The Red Sox entered Monday in last place in the AL East, though they are still alive in the wild-card race

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Astros acquiring Trey Mancini from Orioles

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