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Kelly Shoppach | Catcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (38) / 4/29/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Kelly Shoppach is still looking to play this season if the right opportunity comes along.
Shoppach, 33, hit .193/.288/.339 with three homers in 127 plate appearances last season between the Pirates and Indians. He's presumably waiting for the right fit. Thu, Mar 13, 2014 04:46:00 PM

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Indians recalled C Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A Columbus

Shoppach was signed to a minor league contract on Friday after being released by the Pirates earlier in the week. He appeared in 35 games for the Mariners this season, hitting a meager .196/.293/.346 with three homers, nine RBI and 45 strikeouts. His days of fantasy relevancy are over.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Indians signed C Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

With Lou Marson (shoulder) out indefinitely, Shoppach will likely be up as the team's third catcher next month. He's batted .196/.293/.346 over 35 games in the majors this season.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Pirates released C Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach was inked to a minor league deal earlier this month, but with John Buck brought on board, they no longer need the depth. It's doubtful he'll catch on anywhere else before the end of the season.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Pirates signed C Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Shoppach was released by the Nationals on July 31 after batting .219 with a .578 OPS in 40 plate appearances at Triple-A Syracuse. He'll act as depth for Pittsburgh.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 03:59:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have made an offer to Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach opted out of his minor league deal with the Nats Wednesday and could catch on with the Cards for depth while Yadier Molina is out. He's batted .196/.293/.346 with three homers in 35 games at the big league level this season.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 06:49:00 PM

Nationals released C Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach was given his release after exercising the out-clause in his minor league contract. The veteran backstop will attempt to latch on elsewhere.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:05:00 PM

Nationals signed C Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract.

He'll report to Triple-A Syracuse. Shoppach was released by the Mariners last month after hitting just .196 with three home runs and a .635 OPS in 35 games. However, the 33-year-old backstop is useful depth to have around.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 12:06:00 PM

Mariners released C Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach had been designated for assignment last week. He was hitting just .196 with three home runs and a .638 OPS in 35 games this season but shouldn't have trouble landing a backup gig somewhere.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 06:18:00 PM

Mariners designated C Kelly Shoppach for assignment.

The Mariners have signed Henry Blanco to replace him on the active roster, so it looks like are committed to giving Mike Zunino the bulk of the playing time behind the plate. Shoppach is hitting .196 with three home runs and a .638 OPS in 35 games this season. He should be able to find a backup job somewhere.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Kelly Shoppach doesn't have a multi-hit game since April 26.

In that 11-game stretch, he's posted a slash line that would make even Jesus Montero weep: .135/.238/.270. Shoppach has struck out at least once in every game he's started this season except two. The Baylor product should see more playing time (along with Jesus Sucre) due to Montero's exile, but both are merely AL-only fodder. SAFECO promises to sap some of Shoppach's power, the only above-average offensive trait he once possessed.
Mon, May 27, 2013 12:38:00 AM

Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run homer off Jarrod Parker in Saturday's loss to the A's.

Shoppach's second homer came a month after his first. He was picking up extra playing time because of Jesus Montero's struggles last month, but tonight's start was just his third in May. Shoppach is probably a better all-around player than Montero right now, but the Mariners know they need to get Montero going if they're going to have much hope of putting a solid offense on the field this year.
Sun, May 12, 2013 12:28:00 AM

Kelly Shoppach went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday versus the Astros.

Unless the Mariners decide to give up on Justin Smoak and use Jesus Montero at DH or maybe even first base, Shoppach's playing time will remain quite limited. He's started three of the Mariners' 10 games so far.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 01:54:00 AM

Kelly Shoppach blasted his first home run of the Cactus League season on Friday, helping to power the Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Padres.

His solo shot in the fifth inning off Tyson Ross was Shoppach’s only hit in four trips to the plate. He’s now hitting .276 (8-for-29) on the spring, though he owns an alarming 11/0 K/BB ratio. He’ll open the season as the primary backup to Jesus Montero, but could be out of a job by midseason if Mike Zunino continues his rapid ascent to the show.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 01:07:00 AM

Mariners signed C Kelly Shoppach to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Shoppach could earn an additional $500,000 with incentives. The 32-year-old batted .233/.309/.425 over 76 games last season between the Red Sox and Mets and is expected to serve as Jesus Montero's backup in 2013.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 04:37:00 PM

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