Shoppach, Rays agree to deal

Updated: January 5, 2010, 5:20 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Catcher Kelly Shoppach has agreed to a guaranteed two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays worth about $5.5 million.

The contract takes Shoppach through his final two years of salary arbitration, and includes a club option for his first year of free agency.

Shoppach, 29, is a .241 hitter in parts of five big league seasons with Boston and Cleveland. He hit .261 with 21 homers and 55 RBIs for the Indians in 2008, but dipped to .214 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs last season.

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