Updated: January 30, 2013 12:45 AM

Source: M's, Shoppach agree to deal

The Seattle Mariners, finding a catcher to pair with Jesus Montero, are in agreement with free agent Kelly Shoppach on a one-year deal, according to a major-league source.


The Seattle Mariners, finding a catcher to pair with Jesus Montero, are in agreement with free agent Kelly Shoppach on a one-year deal, according to a major-league source.

The deal, first reported by CBSSports.com, will become official once Shoppach passes a physical. Shoppach will earn $1.5 million with a chance to make an additional $500,000 in incentives, according to ESPN.com.

Shoppach, 32, played for Mariners manager Eric Wedge with the Cleveland Indians from 2006 to '09, hitting a career-high 21 homers in '08, a season in which the team's regular catcher, Victor Martinez, was mostly injured.

The Mariners, who recently traded catcher John Jaso to the Oakland Athletics, also have signed Ronny Paulino to a minor-league contract.

Shoppach spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, batting a combined .233 with a .733 OPS.

Scroll upScroll down

recently recommended stories

your opinion

Are you following the Montreal Canadiens, Canada's only NHL team to make the playoffs?

Thanks for being one of the first people to vote. Results will be available soon. Check for results

  1.  
    63 %
    Yes
    1,101 votes
  2.  
    37 %
    No
    640 votes

Total Responses: 1,741
Not scientifically valid. Results are updated every minute.

advertisement