Re-signing Christian Vazquez signals to Red Sox Nation that he’s here to stay, and will only improve in years to come.
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According to reports, the Boston RedSox have signed catcher Christian Vázquez to a three-year contract extension through the 2021 season. Vazquez, who had the best season of his career in 2017, will remain with the Red Sox for the next four seasons, with an option for the 2022 season. Seeing the Red Sox re-sign the backstop should come as welcomed news from Red Sox Nation, as he has established himself as both a solid offensive and defensive player.
Vazquez struggled at the plate in his first two years in Boston, leading many to wonder if his defensive skills were strong enough to make up for his lack of power at bat. Fortunately for Vazquez and the Red Sox, his batting average jumped 63 points between 2016 and 2017. Defensively, he has quietly emerged as one of the best catchers in the game over the last few seasons. According to mlb.com, Vazquez has thrown out 42 percent of attempted base stealers in 211 major league games. This number (42 out of 100) is the highest rate for any catcher with a minimum of 200 games since the late 1980s. This exceeds Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez’s record of 41.7 percent.
Vazquez hit .290 with five home runs in 345 plate appearances last season while carrying a .991 fielding percentage with eight errors. Baseball-reference.com projects that he’ll hit .267 with eight home runs in the upcoming 2018 season. If he can maintain these numbers, seeing the Red Sox re-sign Christian Vazquez will ensure that he’ll remain a staple on the Red Sox’ lineup for years to come.