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SAN DIEGO - There was little room for interpretation when it came to Chaim Bloom's answer to the question of whether or not the Red Sox had interest in bringing back Christian Vazquez.
That was it. Christian Vazquez is officially on the Red Sox' radar.
But while Bloom presented the groundwork for a return of Vazquez, who we last saw switching clubhouses in Houston on Aug. 2, this doesn't seem like a Plan A-type of scenario.
The 32-year-old catcher would seem to have options, with numerous teams (most notably St. Louis, the Padres and Twins) needing starting catchers. And the Red Sox aren't exactly locked into a mode of desperation at the position, still possessing Reese McGuire and Connor Wong.
"We have good options at that position; we should always be looking to get better everywhere," Bloom said at the MLB Winter Meetings. "That’s going to be easier at some places than others. There are a few guys that, they, if they are free agents, or their teams if they’re not, know that we have interest. The timing on those and how exactly that progresses, we will see. We’re certainly active in that. But that’s no different than the other areas in the market."
While Vazquez didn't seemingly help his market during the final two months of the regular season with the Astros, his performance in the postseason - which included catching Houston's World Series no-hitter - boosted his stock.
In 119 regular season games between the Red Sox and Astros, Vazquez totaled a .274 batting average and .714 OPS.