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Mets acquire Kelly Shoppach from Red Sox

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Catcher Kelly Shoppach is bound for Queens. (Getty Images)

The Mets have moved to improve their depth at catcher by acquiring Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox, the club has announced.

The 32-year-old Shoppach has a solid batting line of .250/.327/.471 in 158 plate appearances this year, and he has a career OPS of .738 in parts of eight major-league seasons. Potentially, he'll provide an upgrade for the Mets, whose catchers have combined to hit just .239/.298/.298 in 2012.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named in exchange for Shoppach. As well, the move creates more playing time for Ryan Lavarnway and ensures he'll remain on the 25-man roster.

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