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Report: Mets considering trade for Kelly Shoppach

Jul 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

The Mets have reportedly discussed a trade for Rockies’ catcher Ramon Hernandez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network hears that they are considering alternatives.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported last weekend that the Mets are also interested in Mariners’ catcher Miguel Olivo.

If acquired, Shoppach would function as a platoon partner for left-handed hitting Josh Thole. The 32-year-old backstop is hitting .269/.358/.527 with four home runs, 12 RBI and an .885 OPS over 108 plate appearances this season and is still owed roughly half of his $1.35 million salary for 2012. He owns a .902 career OPS against left-handed pitching and would be an immediate improvement over Mike Nickeas, who is hitting just .172 with one home run and a .487 OPS in 93 at-bats this year.

Lavarnway, who made his major league debut last August, is batting .306/.395/.455 with seven home runs, 38 RBI and an .850 OPS in 71 games this season with Triple-A Pawtucket. The 24-year-old has thrown out 32 percent (22-for-68) of attempted basestealers.

The Rockies are mostly motivated to move Hernandez’s salary, so he figures to cost very little in the way of prospects. Shoppach has been a pretty productive platoon partner for Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season, so the Red Sox probably won’t move him unless they get something interesting in return.

  1. kjm18 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I don’t think the Red Sox want anything interesting for Shoppach. This all depends on their decision about Lavarnway moving forward. If he is the guy and they want to bring him up to make Salty the backup, then Shoppach gets moved. If they think it’s more wise to leave Lavarnway down until September and have him start next season, then they won’t move Shoppach.

    • D.J. Short - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Perhaps. I think he would cost more than Hernandez, at the very least. Hernandez is all about moving salary.

  2. keithbangedyermom - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    The Mets shouldn’t trade any prospects whatsoever. It doesn’t make any sense. All this talk of Hernandez, Shoppach, Liriano, etc is utter nonsense. No one expected anything this year anyway. Stay the course.

    • oltanya - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      You can’t really justify “no one expected anything this year” when, halfway through the year, we’re firmly in contention. I don’t think we should trade any upper-echelon prospects, but not making any moves at all is silly.

  3. exibitsman - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I don’t see the Mets trading any of their top prospects for a washed up catcher that will be out of the league in a year or two.they have a couple of decent backstops in AAA.!!!!!!!

  4. keithbangedyermom - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Trading some of the farm away when you’re rebuilding is silly. No wonder this organization was so reluctant to rebuild. Fans like you make it impossible.

  5. ermur22 - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Granted its a rebuilding year, but I think that because Philly is so fucked they should at least try to get a little better. That being said they shouldnt part with anything of value.

  6. DiscountMescan - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Played little league ball with Shoppach, he’ll wow you occasionally but he only swings for the fences. He has never swung for just contact.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      What a reliable scouting report!

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