Red Sox will remove catcher Jonathan Lusseroy From their roster today and call the right-hander Chris marrow From their optional training site in Pawtucket, Chad Jennings and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic Report (Via twitter). The exact nature of this trick is not clear. It is possible that Lucero will be nominated for a bus assignment, although it is also conceivable that he could be sent to another club with the need to hold depth.
34-year-old Lusseroy breaks Boston’s Opening Day roster as third catch Christian Vazquez And Kevin plavecky, But he has yet to match a plate appearance with Sox. He split the 2019 season between the Angels and Cubs, hitting .32 / .305 / .355 in 101 games and 322 in 328 plate appearances.
More than three full years have passed since Luceroy enjoyed a season higher than his previous average at the plate, but for a time, he was considered among the game’s elite. From 2012-16, Luceroy batted .291 / .353 / .465 (120 OPS +) while scoring elite framing marks and posting a solid 27.5 percent catch-stealing rate. However, those days have now passed. In his last three seasons, Lucroy has combined for a .248 / .315 / .350 output as his defensive rating has dropped significantly.
In his place, the Sox will add 30-year Mazza – an offshin pardon claim from the Mets’ organization, who has just 16 1/3 MLB innings under his belt. While Mazza does not have a lot of league experience, he converted a 76 BB-9 frame last year with a 2.1 BB / 9 with a 7.3 K / 9 to a 3.67 ERA – a particularly solid mark given an aggressive burst. Mazza has a total ERA of 3.72 or better at each individual minor league level and 3.21 ERA with 7.4 K / 9 and 2.5 BB / 9. He has regularly posted an excellent ground-ball mark, thanks to a heavy sinker that has one of the lowest spin rates in MLB (which, in terms of sync, is a good thing).