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Mariners agree to one-year, $1.5M deal with Kelly Shoppach

Jan 29, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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From MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have reached agreement on a major league contract with catcher Kelly Shoppach. The deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning in Seattle.

Shoppach, a 32-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas, batted .233/.309/.425 with eight homers, 14 doubles and 27 RBI over 245 plate appearances last season between the Red Sox and Mets. He will serve as an active backup in Seattle behind Jesus Montero, who is expected to continue getting regular starts at designated hitter in 2013.

There’s no word yet on the exact financial terms of Shoppach’s major league pact.

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UPDATE, 7:15 PM: The one-year deal carries a $1.5 million base salary and another $500,000 worth of performance-based incentives, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    always liked Shoppach, never had a problem with his ability’s and always had a good too pretty OBP. As a back up it’s a good deal and he won’t hurt the club when he gets a chance to play, not like other back stops who can kill the position on offense every 5 day or so.

  2. thebadguyswon - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Yeah I like him too. Decent catcher, tough dude and has some power.

  3. Glenn - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Among a team of malcontents, the 2012 Red Sox couldn’t get rid of him fast enough … so he has that going for him.

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