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Mariners release Kelly Shoppach

Jun 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Seattle released Kelly Shoppach after designating the veteran catcher for assignment last week.

Shoppach was let go when the Mariners called up last year’s No. 3 overall pick, Mike Zunino, from Triple-A to take over as the starting catcher.

Shoppach hit just .196 in 35 games for the Mariners, but he’s always been stretched when asked to play regularly and is much better suited for a part-time role focused mostly on starting against left-handed pitchers. For his career Shoppach has hit .261 with an .856 OPS versus lefties compared to .204 with a .656 OPS versus righties, so it shouldn’t be surprising if he’s back in the majors soon with another backup gig.

  1. pisano - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    The Yankees should grab him, he wouldn’t be that much worse than Russell Martin was last year, .196 to .211, plus he can run into a few fastballs and send them out of the park like Martin did. I would surely consider Kelly, as you can see Austin Romine is not ready for the major leagues, plus who knows if Cervelli is going to be suspended or not.

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