Kelly Shoppach signs with Boston

by Matthew on December 13, 2011

Once Boston’s top pick in the in the  2001 First-Year Player Draft, free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach appears to be headed for a second go-round with the Red Sox.

The 31-yeard old Shoppach  has agreed has agreed to a 3-year major league contract  deal worth a reported $1.35 million, plus performance bonuses. A transaction that also ultimately nixes the  chance of veteran catcher returning for a 16th season.

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The Red Sox selected Shoppach out of Baylor University in the second round,  and after making his Major League debut with Boston in 2005, was sent packing to Cleveland as part of a seven-player trade in 2006.

Shoppach eventually landed in Florida, making $3 million last year in Tampa Bay, where he had  seven homers while hitting .176 in 87 games.

A less than stellar offensive performance for a catcher that threw out 41 percent of  potential base-stealers (18 out of 44) last season, which was a career high, and  tops in the American League.

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