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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  1. the_show 3 years ago

    A little late the Mets won’t compete this year

    • MetsEventually 3 years ago

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

      • the_show 3 years ago

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

        • LifelongMets 3 years 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.

  2. Floyd7070 3 years ago

    Interesting. Decent pick up by the Mets.

  3. 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 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 ago

      Seems Sox are making room for Lavarnway

    • Karkat 3 years 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 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 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 ago

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

        • Karkat 3 years ago

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

        • saidin09 3 years ago

          I don’t think anyone initially claimed him

  4. redsox4434 3 years ago


    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 ago

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

  5. thisredsoxfan 3 years ago

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

  6. diehardmets 3 years ago

    Praise jesus no more Johnson or Nickeas.

    • LifelongMets 3 years ago

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

      • $14011413 3 years 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!

  7. OrangeCards 3 years ago

    Is that a little white flag I see in Boston?

    Never mind, it’s a napkin from KFC.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

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

      • Infield Fly 3 years ago

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

      • OrangeCards 3 years 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 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 ago

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

          • Karkat 3 years ago

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

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years 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 ago

            Edit: Double post.

          • OrangeCards 3 years 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 ago

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

          • stl_cards16 3 years ago

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

          • OrangeCards 3 years 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 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 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 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 ago

          More like the Baltimore Trollioles amirite

          • OrangeCards 3 years 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 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 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 ago

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

          • halflink123 3 years 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

          • 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 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 ago

            do you have night terrors involving Robert Andino?

          • Karkat 3 years ago

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

    • 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.

  8. 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 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 ago

      He’s already there.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 3 years 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 ago

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

  9. mgsports 3 years ago

    Pelfrey or Johan Santana as PTB.

    • saidin09 3 years ago

      Sox will do that, they love thier little projects

    • halflink123 3 years ago

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

  10. DerekJeterDan 3 years 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 ago

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

      • OrangeCards 3 years ago

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

        • saidin09 3 years ago

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

  11. Tommet 3 years ago

    We officially have ur first catcher since Piazza

  12. 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 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.

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

        • saidin09 3 years ago

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

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      Don’t hate the PTBNL, hate the game

    • Bob_Laublaw 3 years 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Guest 3 years ago

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

  15. A.L. Hern 3 years 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.

  16. John Hurd 3 years ago

    Can we give them Jason Bay for Kelly?

  17. OrangeCards 3 years ago

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

  18. OrangeCards 3 years 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? .

  19. OrangeCards 3 years 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.

  20. johnsilver 3 years 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.

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