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What will the Red Sox do with Ryan Lavarnway?

Lavarnway's time in Boston may be over Darren McCollester/Getty Images
Lavarnway's time in Boston may be over
Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Once thought to be the Boston Red Sox catcher of the future, it appears as though Ryan Lavarnway has met the end of the road — his time in Boston is almost certainly over.

A career .201/.249/.315 hitter in 97 big league games, Lavarnway used his third and final option year in 2014 setting himself up as a DFA candidate. During the 2014 season, Lavarnway did manage to post a .389 OBP in 62 games for the Paw Sox, but lacked the power that many people once anticipated and went 0-for-10 in his time in the big leagues.

As the Rule V draft approaches, the Boston Red Sox may have room to keep Ryan Lavarnway on the 40-man roster but odds are, he will not stick around much longer than that. Since he will be unable to be optioned down to Pawtucket for the start of 2015 and has not shown he is ready to be a full-time big leaguer for the Red Sox, it would be best if Boston could get some sort of a trade out of him — something in return. Whether it be a PTBNL, a prospect, minor league depth guy or cash, it would be better if the Red Sox who gave Lavarnway a $325,000 signing bonus did not walk away empty-handed.

Even though his bat has not translated too well at the big league level, Lavarnway could provide depth for a big league roster as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and could fight for a bench spot on a weaker club's roster. A .389 OBP in Pawtucket is nothing to scoff at, especially when that same player can not only catch but doubles as a first baseman.

In the prospect process, many are called upon but very few answer. For some reason Lavarnway did not pan out the way scouts projected he would and with that, his time in Boston is more-likely-than-not over.



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