Red Sox acquire catcher in deal with Cubs

Rob Bradford
March 23, 2020 - 10:19 am

In Major League Baseball's current world of inactivity, any transaction is newsworthy. So when the Red Sox announced a trade with the Cubs Monday the baseball community took notice.

Jhonny Pereda, a minor-league catcher who spent the entire 2019 season in Double-A, is now a member of the Red Sox.

Pereda coming to the Red Sox completes the Jan. 21 trade that sent pitcher Travis Lakins to Chicago after he had been designated for assignment by Boston. 

With Double-A Knoxville last season the 23-year-old Pereda hit .241 (83-for-344) with two home runs and 39 RBI in 98 games. A Venezuela native, he received the 2019 Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award for catcher after throwing out more runners than any other player at the Double- or Triple-A level, as he caught 44 of 132 (33.3%) attempted base stealers in 85 games behind the plate. Signed by Chicago as an international free agent in 2013, Pereda has hit .248 (413-for-1,668) with 15 home runs in seven minor league seasons while playing 332 games at catcher. A right-handed hitter, he has also made 69 starts at first base and two at third base.

Lakins was subsequently put on waivers by the Cubs 10 days after his acquisition, ultimately being picked up by the Orioles. He appeared in five Grapefruit League games with Baltimore, giving up four runs (3 homers) in 4 1/3 innings.