Boston Red Sox

Red Sox acquire Rays prospects Ronaldo Hernandez, Nick Sogard in trade

Red Sox acquire: Catcher Ronaldo Hernández and minor league infielder Nick Sogard

The Red Sox and Rays are nearing a trade that would send relief pitchers Jeffrey Springs and Chris Mazza to Tampa Bay and catching prospect Ronaldo Hernandez and another prospect to Boston, The Boston Globe's Alex Speier reported Wednesday.

Mazza and Springs recently were cleared off the Red Sox' 40-man roster to make room for the team's new additions.

Sogard, 23, played three years at Loyola Marymount from 2017 to 2019 and spent the fall of 2019 in the New York-Penn League after Tampa Bay drafted him in the 12th round.

The Red Sox could use some catching depth behind starter Christian Vazquez, as veteran Kevin Plawecki and prospect Connor Wong are the two other backstops on the 40-man roster.

Bloom knows the Rays' pipeline well having worked in Tampa Bay from 2005 to 2019, so he apparently likes what he sees in Hernandez and Sogard as he continues to bolster the Red Sox' farm system.

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