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Mariners release catcher Kelly Shoppach

Post by Ryan Divish on June 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm with No Comments »
June 20, 2013 4:22 pm

The  Mariners have placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

Shoppach, 33, was designated for assignment on June 14 when the Mariners signed free agent catcher Henry Blanco. He hit .196 (21×107) in 35 games with the Mariners this season with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI with 12 walks and 45 strikeouts.

Even if Shoppach had cleared waivers, he could and likely would refuse a minor league assignment if the Mariners tried to outright him. Realistically, the Mariners were ready to part ways with the veteran catcher.



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