Report: Sox asking price for Christian Vazquez 'very high' as Mets rumors swirl originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The New York Mets need a catcher, and one potential target for them ahead of Monday's 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline is Christian Vazquez of the Boston Red Sox.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported an update on the Mets' search for a catcher Monday afternoon, including a note about Vazquez.
Mets were in on Jason Castro before year went to the Padres and have their eyes on Christian Vazquez and others now. Intent on at least adding catching depth.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2020
The price to acquire Vazquez is "very high", according to SNY's Andy Martino.
The Red Sox ask for Christian Vazquez is very high, per league sources. Sounds like Sox and Mets would have to bridge a pretty big gap before 4 to get a deal done.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) August 31, 2020
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal also tweeted an update regarding the Mets and Vazquez, calling the situation "overblown".
At this moment, talk of Mets landing Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez is overblown, sources tell The Athletic. Among available Red Sox players, outfielder Kevin Pillar drawing strong interest. LHP Josh Osich, RHP Matt Barnes also in play.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
Vazquez is batting .254 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 30 games for the Red Sox this season. The 30-year-old catcher isn't a great hitter, but he's good defensively and has thrown out eight of 20 runners trying to steal in 2020.
The Mets certainly could use more depth at catcher, but pitching should be their top priority. Finding another capable starter is a better use of New York's trade assets.
From the Red Sox perspective, it makes sense to deal Vazquez if a team is willing to pay a decent price. Boston doesn't have to rush it, though, because Vazquez is still signed for another season. The Red Sox have made a pair of trades over the last two weeks and did well to acquire quality prospects in each one.