Blake Swihart thanks Red Sox fans before Diamondbacks debut in Instagram post

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Blake Swihart is about to begin the next chapter in his career after getting traded to the Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson Friday.

Before his debut, the 27-year-old went on Instagram to thank the Red Sox and their fans. 

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Red Sox Nation - As today is the first day I will wear a jersey that doesn’t have Boston/Red Sox across my chest, I wanted to reach out and thank all of you personally. While today I turn the page on a new chapter, I leave the Red Sox organization with so many amazing friends, teammates, and of course you, the fans. You embraced me as part of “The Nation” as a 19 year-old boy from New Mexico and helped me grow into a man, and last year, into a champion! I take with me so many great memories and look forward to building many new ones as my journey continues in Arizona. Thanks for always being supportive and cheering for me and our teams. You will always hold a special place in my heart and a piece of me will always be part of Red Sox nation!

A post shared by Blake Swihart (@blakeswihart_1) on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:26am PDT

Swihart played for the Red Sox in a reserve role since 2015 and posted a .255/.310/.385 slash line before he was designated for assignment Tuesday in order for the Red Sox to bring back Sandy Leon.

Swihart will look to revamp his career in Arizona, where the Diamondbacks plan on trying him out at many positions other than catcher

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