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Mets acquire catcher Kelly Shoppach from Red Sox

Aug 14, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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Based on their records it’s tough to tell which team is the buyer and which team is the seller here, but the 57-59 Red Sox have traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the 55-60 Mets for a player to be named later.

Shoppach is an impending free agent, so the Mets are apparently picking him up in the hopes he can help them close what is a 9.5-game deficit for the Wild Card. Or something.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are parting with Shoppach because they have minor leaguer Ryan Lavarnway waiting in the wings to fill the “part-time catcher who crushes left-handed pitching” role as the backup for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Shoppach was a nice offseason pickup for the Red Sox, hitting .250 with five homers and a .798 OPS in 48 games after signing a one-year, $1.35 million deal as a free agent. He’ll split time with the left-handed-hitting Josh Thole in New York.

  1. hammyofdoom - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Makes sense, Shoppach has been rumored to be on the trading block for over a month now. Hope they get something usable back for him, but its hard to get anything really for a backup catcher. Oh well, it’s Lavarnway time now

  2. chill1184 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Shoppach hits well against lefties, the catcher market in general is just weak and Alderson doesn’t have to give up much to get him. So meh.

    • devlnri - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Mets are a lefthanded team and need a catcher…Sox tried to push him thru waivers, Mets grabbed him, for a PTBL (player to be named later). So yeah.

  3. uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I really hate doing this but Shoppach signed for $1.135MM NOT $1.35MM I believe.

    • madhatternalice - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Rotoworld agrees with you, but the Boston Globe doesn’t.

      I’ve learned not to be against Uyf, tho.

      • pisano - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        madhatteralice….. good point, uyf knows his baseball, most posters could learn plenty from him. uyf, just my opinion

      • uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        My friends thank you for your vote of confidence. While I would like to take credit for it. I’m merely repeating what Baseball-Reference is showing as Shoppach’s compensation.

  4. headbanger33 - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Mike Rizzo says, “Oooooooooo, I’m soooooo scared!”

  5. devlnri - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    What a great informative article. I can really tell that the writer did his homework and put the details into his article, this for example:

    “Shoppach is an impending free agent, so the Mets are apparently picking him up in the hopes he can help them close what is a 9.5-game deficit for the Wild Card. Or something.”

    Really? Is that your estimation? Come on..

    • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      With this being said at least once a week to posters such as yourself, I’ll go ahead and get this one out of the way, you must be new here?

    • kkolchak - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      It’s called snark. Can’t believe you’ve never seen it before.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        I mean, we all know the unofficial slogan of HBT is “come for the snark, stay for the snark”.

    • taxed00 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:58 AM

      Rizzo acquired Kurt Suzuki and Shoppach > Suzuki, so he’s probably saying, “screw you for not putting him on waivers earlier, Cherington”

  6. bbk1000 - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    This is the stretch move we Mets fans have been looking for…..no, not really…

  7. dondada10 - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    He may be a free-agent, but he’d jump at arbitration if the Mets offered it.

  8. homelanddefense - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    total wtf move. I know the Sox want to put Lavarnway up, and save some cash…so this makes sense for them.

    But the Mets must have given up NOTHING to make this go thru. A backup catcher for two months who is a free agent?

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      This is what i’m trying to figure out. Why the hell mets? Whats the point? Its like putting a new coat of paint on a run-down shack

      • mrhojorisin - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        A run-down shack you are renting. But seriously, the Mets need catching help for next year, too, and if this move gives them an inside track on a better platoon option for next season than Rob Johnson, so be it.

      • xnumberoneson - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        From the Mets’ point of view it’s a job audition. They are obviously interested in signing Shoppach in the offseason, so this gives them an opportunity to get a firtshand look at how he handles the pitching staff, catches the knucleball, etc. The PTBNL won’t be anything more than organizational fodder. It’s a 45-day free trial period. Pitcher/Catcher chemistry is valued by the current Mets’ FO. It’s one of the reasons they waited so long to demote the godawful Mike Nickeas.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Good work Red Sox front office. It’s not like he would have been worth more before the deadline when you still convinced yourself you had a shot at the playoffs.

    Now, let’s see….who will the player to be named be?…..I’m betting on an incredibly light hitting corner outfielder since that is all they ever seem to trade for.

    • bozosforall - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      More than you loser fans deserve.

  10. cruuuzcontrol - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    The Mets’ right hand hitting catchers have all been atrocious this season. Come to think of it, the left hand hitting catcher is pretty bad, too. I guess Alderson finally got tired of watching it. The rest of us were tired of watching it two months ago.

  11. taxed00 - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Can’t think of a better backup catcher in baseball this year than Shoppach, great move by the Mets.

    • delchef9 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Kratz in Philadelphia is better than Shoppach!! Both at the plate and throwing out runners……..check your stats……..less at bats true, but he has been irreplaceable since Chooch went down.

  12. kevplu - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I hope the played to be named later is Jason bay

  13. bozosforall - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Bet that he was so happy to get out of Loserville (Boston) as quickly as possible.

  14. cuse6468 - Aug 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    The Rays were foolish to give up on this guy. Current catchers stink, barely hitting their weight.

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