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