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  1. Pirates sign Kelly Shoppach

    Aug 12, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach

    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…

  2. Cardinals seeking catching help, suggesting that Yadier Molina’s knee injury is serious

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    molina getty

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina made an early exit from Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss to the Pirates with what is being labeled a right knee sprain. He is back in St. Louis on Wednesday for an MRI, which is expected to yield a more exact diagnosis. It’s probably safe to assume the injury is serious. According…

  3. Mike Zunino out six weeks with fractured hamate bone

    Jul 26, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Mike Zunino

    Mike Zunino exited last night’s game after taking a foul ball off his left hand and the Mariners catcher has been diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Zunino is expected to miss six weeks, meaning the rookie is no sure thing to play again this season.…

  4. Play of the Day: Kelly Shoppach shows them worms he means business

    Apr 17, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach

    Words sort of fail here. Let’s just say that, at the end of the year, Andy Dirks will have a stolen base in his stat line for which he probably owes Kelly Shoppach an assist. Go here to see why. Nice throw, Kelly.

  5. Hisashi Iwakuma prevails in duel with Yu Darvish

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Pitching on his 32nd birthday, Hisashi Iwakuma outdueled Yu Darvish in a battle of Japanese starters Friday as the Mariners beat the Rangers 3-1. Darvish opened the bottom of the first by hitting Jason Bay with one out and then giving up three singles, putting the Rangers in the early 3-0 hole. He was stellar…

  6. Jesus Montero exits game after being hit in head by backswing

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero Getty

    UPDATE: Good news. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Montero does not have a concussion. 5:01 PM: Scary moment in this afternoon’s Cactus League game between the Mariners and Indians. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero made an early exit after he…

  7. Mariners trade reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    shawn kelley getty

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have traded reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees for young outfielder Abraham Almonte. Kelley was designated for assignment by the M’s last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for catcher Kelly Shoppach. The 28-year-old right-hander had a decent 3.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 45/15…

  8. Mariners finalize deal with lefty Joe Saunders and designate Mike Carp for assignment

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    joe saunders getty

    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have officially announced their one-year, $6.5 million contract with left-hander Joe Saunders. The deal includes another $1 million in performance-based incentives and a mutual option for 2014. To clear a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters, the M’s designated outfielder Mike Carp for assignment. He’s…

  9. Mariners designate Shawn Kelley for assignment

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Last week the Mariners avoided arbitration with Shawn Kelley by signing him to a one-year, $935,000 deal. And today they designated Kelley for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Kelly Shoppach. It’s possible that Kelley and his $935,000 contract for 2013 could clear waivers and remain with the Mariners, but that’s a…

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

    Jan 29, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    kelly shoppach getty

    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…

  11. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  12. Rangers re-sign non-tendered catcher Geovany Soto

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:23 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto was a free agent for right around 48 hours. He re-signed with the Rangers on Sunday night after failing to come to terms on a deal and getting non-tendered on Friday. It’s a one-year pact with the dollars still unknown. Soto, who turns 30 in January, hit .199/.284/.347 in 176 at-bats for the…

  13. Bobby Valentine dishes on the 2012 Red Sox, to dress up like an elf next month

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Bobby Valentine spoke at Salem State University last night as part of a speaker’s series. Peter Gammons was the moderator and audience questions were taken.  Some highlights from CSNNewEngland.com: The front office wanted “a quieter, calmer” version of Bobby Valentine during the season, so he was told to tone down his usually effusive comments to…

  14. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  15. 2012 projections review: catcher

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    I’ll be doing some projection reviews over the next couple of weeks, starting with catcher here. Along with running down my preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each position, I’ll also present a few more that are of interest. Requests of players not listed can be made in the comments. 1. Carlos Santana –…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 29, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Major League Baseball celebrated Otherwise Good Teams Get Shut Out Night last night. It was quite festive. Marlins 9, Nationals 0: Look, maybe this will start a conversation no one thinks we’d ever have about an ace pitcher on a first place team, but maybe the Nationals should consider shutting Stephen Strasburg down (5 IP,…

  18. Adrian Gonzalez on why the Boston media didn’t like him

    Aug 27, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    adrian gonzalez reuters

    Adrian Gonzalez is really, really happy to be back in California. And he’s comfortable enough there to throw some bombs back in Boston’s direction. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports: As for why the Boston media didn’t take to him, he said, “They didn’t like that I was a calm person. I won’t throw…

  19. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Danny Espinosa, Kurt Suzuki,

    Nationals 5, Braves 4: I suppose you can yell at Dan Uggla for messing up the play with the infield in and a runner on third in the 13th inning which allowed the winning run to score. But perhaps it’s also worth noting that the Braves played perhaps their most important game to date, in…

  20. Report: Kelly Shoppach used Adrian Gonzalez’s phone to set up Red Sox meeting

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach

    Sources told the New York Daily News that former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach, who has since been traded to the Mets, used Adrian Gonzalez’s phone to express the team’s displeasure with Bobby Valentine last month, leading to the meeting that has caused such a stir this week. Three sources suggested to the paper that…

  21. Red Sox release Mark Prior from Triple-A

    Aug 17, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    mark prior injured

    Yesterday the Red Sox acquired reliever Pedro Beato from the Mets to complete the Kelly Shoppach trade and to make room for Beato on the Triple-A roster today they released Mark Prior. Prior had impressively racked up 38 strikeouts in 25 innings as a reliever for Pawtucket, holding opponents to a .172 batting average. So…

  22. Red Sox get Pedro Beato from Mets in Kelly Shoppach trade

    Aug 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Beato_Pedro

    Earlier this week the Red Sox traded Kelly Shoppach to the Mets for a player to be named later and today that player was revealed as reliever Pedro Beato. Beato appeared in 60 games for the Mets last season and pitched decently as a 24-year-old rookie, but has spent most of this season at Triple-A…

  23. Mets acquire catcher Kelly Shoppach from Red Sox

    Aug 14, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach AP

    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…

  24. Report: Rangers, Red Sox discussed Ellsbury, Beckett deal

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Rangers and Red Sox discussed a blockbuster trade that would have sent Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Kelly Shoppach to Texas for undisclosed players. Two sources told Bradford of the talks, with one describing them as preliminary and another talking about them as more advanced before falling apart. If…

  25. Nationals, Brewers are interested in Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach AP

    Red Sox backup catcher Kelly Shoppach has been bandied about in trade talks for close to a month now. The latest: Nationals and Brewers have interest in Shoppach. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 31, 2012 He’s hitting .261/.343/.513 in 136 plate appearances and isn’t expensive.  He’d be a good platoon catcher, as he mashes lefties.

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