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June 2, 2015 05:06 PM
Scott Kazmir among Indians' free agents
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

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.

June 2, 2015 07:04 PM
Indians add five players to roster
by Jeff Lippman |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:07 PM
Indians sign catcher Kelly Shoppach
by Chris Cwik |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:07 PM
Indians looking at Kelly Shoppach
by Chris Cwik |

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. 

June 2, 2015 07:09 PM
Pirates release Kelly Shoppach
by R.J. White |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:34 PM
Kelly Shoppach likely to join team in September
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Tuesday the team hopes to bring recently signed catcher Kelly Shoppach up when the rosters expand Sept. 1. Shoppach was added on a minor league deal and was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis Monday. 

June 2, 2015 07:35 PM
Kelly Shoppach inks minor-league deal with Pirates
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Pirates announced Monday they signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a minor-league contract. The veteran catcher will report to Triple-A Indianapolis.

June 2, 2015 07:49 PM
Kelly Shoppach exercises opt out, becomes free-agent
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals catcher Kelly Shoppach has exercised his out clause and will become a free-agent, according to ESPN.

Shoppach was released by the Mariners in late June, and picked up by the Nationals. He did not appear in a major-league game with Washington. There aren't thought to be too many talented, available catchers on the market, and he could be a nice fall-back option for teams that don't want to give up prospects. 

June 2, 2015 08:19 PM
Nationals sign Kelly Shoppach to minor-league deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Nationals signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a minor-league contract Wednesday. Shoppach, who was released by the Mariners June 21, will report to Triple-A Syracuse. 

June 2, 2015 09:58 AM
Kelly Shoppach placed on release waivers
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

The Mariners placed Kelly Shoppach on unconditional release waivers Thursday, less than a week after he was designated for assignment. 

Shoppach batted .196 with a .638 OPS in 107 at-bats for the Mariners. 

June 2, 2015 10:05 AM
Mariners designate Kelly Shoppach for assignment
by Chris Cwik |

The Mariners have designated catcher Kelly Shoppach for assignment.

Shoppach was briefly the club's starter when Jesus Montero was struggling earlier in the year. With Mike Zunino now up with the Mariners, they didn't need Shoppach. He was hitting just .196/.293/.346 in 107 at-bats this year. The team signed Henry Blanco to take his place. 

June 2, 2015 10:41 AM
Kelly Shoppach moves into starting role
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Mariners are expected to demote catcher Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma, according to The News Tribune, which means Kelly Shoppach takes over as the starting catcher. Jesus Sucre is being recalled from Tacoma to be the backup catcher.

Shoppach, who has started the last three games at catcher, is batting .229 through 23 games. In fact, he's batting .163 (7 for 43) in his last 13 games.

June 2, 2015 10:53 AM
Kelly Shoppach connects for second home run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Mariners catcher Kelly Shoppach homered for the second time this season and drove in two runs Saturday against the Athletics. Shoppach, who backs up starter Jesus Montero, is batting .264 with a .472 slugging percentage, five doubles and seven RBI in 18 games.

June 2, 2015 11:20 AM
Kelly Shoppach to receive more playing time
by R.J. White |

Mariners manager Eric Wedge plans to give catcher Kelly Shoppach more time behind the plate with Jesus Montero off to a slow start. Shoppach has hit .389/.476/.667 with one home run in 18 at-bats this season.

“We’re going to mix-and-match with that for a while and hopefully keep Shopp going, but also help to get Jesus going,” Wedge told

Montero has hit just .211/.211/.237 through 38 at-bats.

June 2, 2015 11:34 AM
Kelly Shoppach draws Thursday start
by Chris Cwik |

Mariners catcher Kelly Shoppach will start Thursday.

Shoppach will bat eighth and face Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin. He'll not only give Jesus Montero a day-off, but he'll also be calling the game for rookie Brandon Maurer. Manager Eric Wedge may have gone with the veteran to calm Maurer before his first major-league start.

June 2, 2015 12:00 PM
Shoppach headed to Seattle
by CBS Sports Staff |

According to multiple sources, the Mariners and catcher Kelly Shoppach agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Shoppach is expected to split time behind the plate with Jesus Montero in 2013.