Mets acquire Shoppach from Red Sox

August, 14, 2012
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The Mets have acquired righty-hitting catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox for a player to be named later after placing a waiver claim on him.

Shoppach, 32, hit .250 (35-for-140) with five homers and 17 RBIs in 48 games with Boston this season.

He is due to be a free agent after the season. So, presumably, the Mets will attempt to re-sign him this offseason -- or, at least, get an up-close look in the interim to gauge the worthiness for such a commitment as Josh Thole's 2013 complement.

Rob Johnson currently is serving as Thole's righty-hitting complement, but would now seem ticketed for Buffalo at least until rosters expand Sept. 1. Shoppach is unlikely to join the team until Wednesday.

Johnson and Mike Nickeas have hit a combined .196 (30-for-153) with one homer and 17 RBIs this season. Shoppach is a career .270 hitter against left-handed pitching.

Shoppach immediately should become the Mets' best catcher at throwing out runners.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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