Mets Acquire Kelly Shoppach From Red Sox

The Mets have acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox on a waiver claim in exchange for a player to be the named, New York announced (via Twitter).

Shoppach, 32, hit .250/.327/.471 in 158 plate appearances with Boston this season and is a career .227/.316/.422 hitter. He's notably tougher on lefties, though, hitting .270/.364/.530 in his career against southpaws, and has thus been deployed primarily in platoons. Shoppach earns $1.35MM in 2012 and will be a free agent at season's end.


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80 Comments on "Mets Acquire Kelly Shoppach From Red Sox"


the_show
3 years 18 days ago

A little late the Mets won’t compete this year

MetsEventually
3 years 18 days ago

Why is that irrelevant? Tons of teams make trades even when they don’t compete.

the_show
3 years 18 days ago

Because he is a free agent after the season…they may not resign him

LifelongMets
3 years 18 days ago

They need to dip into the FA market anyways this offseason– so it could just be a time saver if they decide to resign him.

matthew07
3 years 18 days ago

Interesting. Decent pick up by the Mets.

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

Agree

3 years 18 days ago

Can someone explain this to me? In addition, I guess Duquette and Showalter are satisfied with Teagarden batting .077, I am not, I guess they are.
PS I guess the American League teams are happy with their back-up catcher.

danistheguy
3 years 18 days ago

Teams don’t normally trade within the division. And Teagarden is far and away the better game caller and defensive catcher. Also single-handedly won two games for the O’s and probably will catch a grand total of like two more times the rest of the season. You are overreacting, sir.

halflink123
3 years 18 days ago

Seems Sox are making room for Lavarnway

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

The Sox aren’t going to trade to a team that’s standing directly in their way.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 18 days ago

Except the Orioles didn’t claim him at all. I’m fairly certain the way the waiver wire works is the teams in the same league get the first shot to make a claim so the Mets claim would have come after the Orioles passed.

RedEyedDream
3 years 18 days ago

Yup, from what I understand it’s reverse record then the other league. So the O’s wouldn’t have had the first cracks at him but they would have a claim before the Mets.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 18 days ago

Thanks. The waiver wire always confuses me at least a little every season.

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Oh, I thought he had cleared waivers somehow. Yeah, the O’s had a shot and passed, I guess.

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

I don’t think anyone initially claimed him

redsox4434
3 years 18 days ago

Cool.

Why didn’t the Sox trade him two weeks ago, when they might’ve gotten more for him.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 18 days ago

I seriously doubt it. Shoppach is a backup catcher and a PTBNL is usually the best anyone can get for one.

thisredsoxfan
3 years 18 days ago

I hope that Jason Bay is NOT the player to be named later!

LifelongMets
3 years 18 days ago

Oh I sure do!

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

He raked in Boston, but no way Sox take on that contract

diehardmets
3 years 18 days ago

Praise jesus no more Johnson or Nickeas.

LifelongMets
3 years 18 days ago

Don’t look now, but Nickeas is hitting near .330 in AAA..

$14011413
3 years 18 days ago

I really wanted Shoppach to be dealt in the beginning of the season. Pick his brain for Rays info, trade/release him and call up Lavarnway. In fact the way Lavarnway caught & hit in Spring Training the Sox should have had him up opening day, and never signed Shoppach.

But alas, but real Ben Cherington and fake Ben_Cherington on here had to keep Shoppach around and waste Lavarnway in Pawtucket for another season… all Lavarnway did was win you game 161 last season!

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Is that a little white flag I see in Boston?

Never mind, it’s a napkin from KFC.

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Trading the backup catcher they’ve been looking to deal for weeks. Yeah, totally a sign of surrender…………?

Infield Fly
3 years 18 days ago

I hear that! However it looks like more of a setup – just another excuse to make a fried chicken related ‘joke.’

Andy
3 years 14 days ago

Come on! Those are funny!

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

1. It was mostly a joke. I don’t expect a Sox fan to laugh.

2. I don’t see how giving away a solid, yet unspectacular, backup is part of the plan to win this year.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 18 days ago

It simply means that they’re going to try out Lavarnway for the rest of the season rather than return him to Pawtucket.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Inherently, isn’t such a move focusing on next year?

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Considering that Lavarnway has a higher ceiling than Shoppach anyway… only kind of?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 18 days ago

Yeah but it’s not exactly waving the white flag either. I’m under no illusions that the Sox will make the playoffs this season but I still wouldn’t call this a white flag. It’s simply giving a rookie a shot.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Edit: Double post.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

I guess it isn’t a major move like dumping Beckett or Crawford, but they still gave away a solid contributor to this years team to see if a rookie can hang next year. If Boston were battling the Yankees right now for the division, do you think they make the same move?

But fine, no white flag, just a napkin. I said as much in the first post 😉

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Do you think Lavarnway is an upgrade over Shoppach for the rest of THIS season?

stl_cards16
3 years 18 days ago

Is giving Machado playing time focusing on next year? No, its simply clearing room for a better, younger, cheaper player.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

No, the Orioles brought up Machado to replace the floundering Wilson Betemit. It was a win now move. If the Orioles were 20 games out, he’d still be in AA, maybe moving to AAA.

stl_cards16
3 years 18 days ago

So Orioles bring up young, future player it’s a win now move. Red Sox bring up young, future player they are re-building? You watch way too much ESPN.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Well, if all prospects and veterans are created equal, then I guess this applies. But they aren’t.

Do you seriously not see the difference between these two moves?

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Calling up Machado to play everyday at third base over Betemit and giving away Shoppach so that Lavarnway can be the backup C are two entirely different things.

One is an instant upgrade, the other is an instant downgrade with the chance to be a lateral move. I understand his Lavarnways potential for the future, but I don’t see how you can argue that he’s an upgrade at this point.

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

More like the Baltimore Trollioles amirite

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

How long have you been saving that one? Septemberish last year?

Solid answer to my question tho … So what is it a sign of?

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

I’d hope that if I were sitting on a joke for that long it’d be better than “Baltimore Trollioles”

drjayphd
3 years 18 days ago

He was just waiting for the Orioles to be relevant enough to mock. Suffice to say, it’s a little dusty.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Good call. No one mocked the Orioles before this year.

halflink123
3 years 17 days ago

Despite their record, the O’s still don’t have a very good club. If you look at runs scored vs runs allowed, you will see this. They’ve been mostly lucky. On paper the Rays, Angels, perhaps Oakland and Boston all have better clubs, despite their records

3 years 16 days ago

the orioles have no chance at winning the world series! dont talk ish about the redsox until your team trys making the playoffs for once , im glad im not an orioles fan!!!

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

It’s a sign that they a) completed a trade for a guy that they have been looking to deal for at least a month, b) move a player they almost certainly weren’t going to bring back next year (and so now they at least got something for him), and c) wanted to keep Lavarnway in the majors (and had to clear a 25-man roster spot since Bailey is coming off the DL, so someonw had to go.)

BradyAndersonsSideburns
3 years 18 days ago

do you have night terrors involving Robert Andino?

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Have you had night terrors involving the Orioles not having a winning season these past 13 years?

3 years 18 days ago

Hardy har har… don’t forget, you still have 9 games left vs the Sox. We’ll see if/how much you are laughing on Thursday are this 3 game series wraps up. A sweep (though unlikely) puts you only 2.5 ahead of the chicken eaters.

3 years 18 days ago

The Mets should consider extending Kelly Shoppach, as he would actually be a good backup for the Mets. The best part of this: automatic out Mike Nickeas is pushed back down to Buffalo.

Infield Fly
3 years 18 days ago

With the way Thole calls games, he may well be intended to be more of a starter than a backup – or at least a platoon.

LifelongMets
3 years 18 days ago

He’s already there.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 18 days ago

Since the Mets aren’t competing I’d bet this move was partially designed to make sure they had first crack at re-signing him.

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

should be your starter over what you have, very solid player and decent against lefties

mgsports
3 years 18 days ago

Pelfrey or Johan Santana as PTB.

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

Sox will do that, they love thier little projects

halflink123
3 years 18 days ago

No the Mets need to WIN NOW…therefore they’ll throw in Zach Wheeler

DerekJeterDan
3 years 18 days ago

Shoppach is such an improvement over Mike Nickeas and a great guy to have in a platoon with Josh Thole. I agree with the sentiment of many that the Mets should work on a contract extension with him so he is on the team next season. This was definitely one of their teams bigger needs moving forward and now it seems to have been addressed. Nice move. Boston is now free to use Lavarnway which is exciting because he has good pop.

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

hopefully w/ more playing time Lavarnway can bat better than .100

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Is he being handed the starting job, or just backing up?

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

don’t know yet, but R. L. catching Beckett 2night

Tommet
3 years 18 days ago

We officially have ur first catcher since Piazza

3 years 18 days ago

Although I don’t think the return for Shoppach would be anything significant that the return is a PTBNL, alone, is not necessarily a sign that the return isn’t that great. In August it could just mean that the player could not pass through waivers, for example, so the Sox may have a name, but not the ability to get that player yet, for example. Or at least I believe that’s one possibility.

pierre
3 years 18 days ago

you could be right or it could be that the red sox don’t want to have the player named so they don’t have to make a 40 man roster move for him.

3 years 18 days ago

Yep – another good point considering they’re already at 40 now.

saidin09
3 years 18 days ago

DFA Punto, Becket and Ben Cherington, then you’ll have plenty of room

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Don’t hate the PTBNL, hate the game

East Coast Bias
3 years 17 days ago

Brilliant!

Bob_Laublaw
3 years 17 days ago

I bet the PTBNL is a choice between Jason Bay and Bobby Bonilla with the Mets on the hook for the remainder of either contract, which I believe is, amazingly enough, about equal at 16 million dollars per player.

halflink123
3 years 17 days ago

they’re still paying for BobbyBo?

3 years 18 days ago

Good pickup for the Mets. It may not do much for the Mets playoff hopes this year, but it gives them a good platoon partner for Thole, and he’s an upgrade over any of the previous players in the Mets revolving door of backup catchers. If they re-sign him at the end of the season, it’s one less thing Alderson needs to do to improve the team.

Guest
3 years 18 days ago

I am surprised the RedSox didn’t throw Valentine into the deal

A.L. Hern
3 years 17 days ago

No mention as to whether Shoppach is a good defensive catcher, whether he handles pitchers well and if they like him behind the plate.

John Hurd
3 years 17 days ago

Can we give them Jason Bay for Kelly?

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

I can only laugh if you think they’re the same move.

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

He’s certainly has potential and has had big years in the past … but what is it about his .815 AAA OPS (Nearly .200 points lower than 2011) and his .332 OPS in the majors (albeit SSS) that inspires such confidence that he’ll be better than Shoppach for the rest of this season? .

OrangeCards
3 years 18 days ago

Of course I’ve looked at his numbers … They’re just not that great THIS year. If this were 2011, you’d have a solid argument.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

Look up Lavarnways MiLB offensive numbers and he was voted the defensive catcher of the year by BA last week.. that should cease some of the voices saying that he can’t catch..

Lavarnway has CRUSHED at every level since he was drafted in ’08. Offense was never, ever a question. It was his defense and getting voted defensive catcher of the year at the AAA level should really dispell some of that nonsense for good.