In addition to starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who was extended a qualifying offer, the Indians have had several players declare free agency, including starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, relief pitcher Matt Albers, relief pitcher Rich Hill, catcher Kelly Shoppach and relief pitcher Joe Smith.
The Indians made five promotions to the roster as part of September callups Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Added to the roster for the stretch run were right-handed pitchers Preston Guilmet and Blake Wood and lefty Nick Hagadone. The Tribe also purchased the contracts of catcher Kelly Shoppach and infielder Jose Ramirez from Columbus and Double-A Akron, respectively. The 20-year-old Ramirez hit .272 over 113 games for Akron this season with 38 stolen bases. All of the relievers spent some time up in the majors this season, except for Wood, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2011 with the Royals.
The Indians have signed free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach Friday. Shoppach will reunite with the club. He played in Cleveland from 2006 to 2009. Through 107 at-bats with the Mariners, Shoppach is hitting .196.
The Indians are looking at free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, according to the Plain Dealer. The team is looking for catching depth for September, and isn't comfortable with the catchers in their system. Shoppach is hitting .196/.293/.346 in 107 at-bats with the Mariners.
The Pirates released catcher Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Shoppach went 5 for 26 with one double and two RBI for Indianapolis after hitting .196/.293/.346 with three home runs and nine RBI in 107 at-bats with the Mariners earlier in the season.