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Red Sox offseason begins with Juan Centeno signing

Rob Bradford
November 14, 2018 - 9:40 am

The Red Sox' newest catcher is no stranger to Alex Cora.

Juan Centeno, who has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox per a major league source, played for Cora's team in Caguas in the Puerto Rico Winter League, while also joining the Sox manager in Houston during the 2017 season. 

The 28-year-old catcher, a native of Puerto Rico, is coming into the organization with 111 major league games under his belt, having played five organizations. Centeno spent 2018 with the Rangers, appearing in 10 big league games. He is a career .227 hitter with a .609 OPS in, having seen his most extensive action in the bigs with the Twins during the 2016 season (55 games).

After the trio of Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, the only other catcher to appear in the major leagues for the Red Sox in 2018 was Dan Butler, who is currently a free agent.

According to SoxProspects.com, the top-ranked catching prospect in the Red Sox system is last year's fourth-round pick Cole Kottam, a 21-year-old from the University of Kentucky who spent all but one game in his first pro season at short-season Single-A Lowell.

MassLive.com was first to report the Red Sox' agreement with Centeno.

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