Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart

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Blake Swihart traded to Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder

Nick Friar
April 19, 2019 - 7:32 pm

It’s official: Blake Swihart is no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox. The organization made the announcement prior to Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed the winning bid on Swihart, sending Boston minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson in exchange for the catcher/utility player and international amateur signing bonus pool space.

Wilson, 22, was ranked the Diamondbacks No. 20 prospect by Baseball America entering 2019. Last year, he batted .235 with a .678 OPS, 10 homers and 26 doubles in 111 games with Class A Advanced Visalia. He also struck out 141 times.

This year, Wilson is with Double-A Jackson, where he’s hitting .235 again, though his OPS is up to .879 in the young season. Through 12 games, Wilson has two home runs, two doubles and a triple, along with 13 strikeouts.

Wilson was not a member of the Diamondbacks 40-man roster, which means the Red Sox do not need to put him on theirs.

Swihart leaves the Red Sox after having been in the organization since he was drafted in 2011. He spent parts of five seasons at the big league level, hitting .255 with a .679 OPS, nine home runs, four triples and 28 doubles in 203 games.

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