Shoppach, Mariners finalize $1.5M, 1-year contract

The Seattle Mariners have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year

contract with catcher Kelly Shoppach, providing a needed backup to

expected starter Jesus Montero.

Seattle announced the deal Thursday. To make room on the 40-man

roster, Seattle designated for assignment reliever Shawn Kelley,

who just last week agreed to a 1-year, $935,000 deal with the team

to avoid arbitration. Seattle has 10 days to trade or release

Kelley, or to send him outright to the minors if he clear

waivers.

Shoppach played for Boston and the New York Mets last season,

appearing in 76 games. The 32-year-old also has a relationship with

Seattle manager Eric Wedge, having played for him in Cleveland for

parts of four seasons from 2006-09. Montero and Shoppach are the

only two catchers on Seattle’s 40-man roster.

Shoppach can earn an additional $500,000 in performance

bonuses.

Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 47 appearances last season

for Seattle.