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RED SOX TRADED KELLY SHOPPACH TO N.Y METS
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:58 AM EDT

Catcher Kelly Shoppach was acquired Tuesday by the N.Y Mets from the Red Sox for a player to be named following a waiver claim.

The 32-year-old Shoppach is hitting .250 with 5 homers, 12 doubles and 17 RBIs in 48 games this year. He was signed by Boston as a free agent last December after spending the previous 2 seasons with Rays.

He started 42 games at catcher and threw out 26.9% of attempted base stealers (7 of 26).

He has a .227 career average in 508 career games over parts of 8 seasons with the Red Sox (2005, 2012), Indians (2006-09) and Tampa Bay Rays (2010-11).

The New York Mets wanted the right-handed batter for his power against left-handed pitchers, manager Terry Collins said. Shoppach has just 492 at-bats against left-handed pitchers in his career, but he has hit 31 home runs. He has 33 homers in 936 career at-bats against righties. .

”He’s going to catch against left-handers,” Collins declared. ”One of the reasons we got him is the damage he’ll do against left-handers.”

Josh Thole, hitting .260 with one home run and 18 RBIs, was benched twice in the weekend series against Atlanta in favor of Rob Johnson. NFL lines

Even though Shoppach and Johnson both bat right-handed, the Mets are contemplating a possible platoon situation next year, Collins related.

”We’ll have a quick look at him the last 6 weeks and see how he fits,” the manager claimed. ”This guy will add power to the lineup, which will help.”

Boston manager Bobby Valentine said simply, ”Kelly was claimed by the Mets. He was having a nice season for us and now he is going to finish with the Mets.”

Ryan Lavarnway started at catcher for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. ”Kelly was a great teammate,” Lavarnway related. ”I attempted to benefit from him what I could while he was here. Now it’s time for me to step up and take the reins. Coming to the park hoping to play fairly constantly will be nice.”

In another move, the Red Sox activated right-hander reliever Andrew Bailey from the 60-day DL to fill Shoppach’s list spot. Bailey has been sidelined the whole season after receiving surgery on his right thumb. Valentine announced Bailey, a closer with Oakland in each of the 3 previous seasons, would initially be used late in games though not necessarily in the 9th inning.

Boston started play Tuesday in 4th place in the American League East with a 57-59 record and 11 1/2 games behind the division-leading New York Yankees.

”I’m happy to be here and can’t wait to get out there,” Bailey said. ”I have no expectancies whatsoever. We’re at a point and time where we must start winning ballgames. Everyone knows that. Whenever he calls upon me I can go out there and pitch.”


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