The Nationals announced on Twitter that they have signed Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract. Shoppach, who was designated for assignment and ultimately released by the Mariners, will report to Triple-A Syracuse.
Shoppach, 33, hit just .196/.293/.346 in 125 plate appearances for the Mariners this season. However, he's a .224/.314/.413 career hitter in parts of nine seasons with the Indians, Rays, Red Sox, Mets and Mariners. He's particularly effective against left-handed pitching, having hammered southpaws to the tune of a .266/.355/.501 triple slash line throughout his career.