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Pirates sign Kelly Shoppach

Aug 12, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Kelly Shoppach AP

Adding some catching insurance for the stretch run, the Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deal with Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach was released by the Mariners in mid-June and briefly latched on with the Nationals before opting out of his minor-league deal after three weeks at Triple-A.

He’ll head back to Triple-A for the Pirates, who recently called up former first-round pick Tony Sanchez to back up Russell Martin following Michael McKendry’s season-ending knee injury.

  1. jtpercell - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Sic ’em Bears!

  2. pisano - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Hey Yankees, give him a call, he’s probably better than your starter Stewart.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I remember this kid was supposed to be the catcher of the future for Boston and I was kind of happy when he came back as a backup (Then not so happy when he forced his way out since BV wouldnt start him against anyone but lefties). Fact of the matter is he’s a nice backup, a veteran and is more valuable when your starting catcher can’t hit lefties. Since all Shoppach can do is hit lefties.

    vRHP: .204/.289/.357/.656

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      I am not the biggest Kelly Shoppach fan, I seen enough of him in Cleveland to see he can’t be a productive hitter with 400 ABs, but I do wonder why the Cardinals didn’t pick him up when Yadier went down. He would have been a good fit there too.

  4. sfbookreviews - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    It’s Michael McKenry, no “d”. I understand he’s not a household name, but three seconds on Google isn’t too much to ask, is it?

    As for the signing, it’s a classic no risk move. Once rosters expand, it’s always nice to have a third catcher and the Bucs don’t really have anyone in the system ready to help. And with Martin around, Shoppach won’t be asked to do much.

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