Tribe ships Shoppach to Rays
The Indians shopped catcher Kelly Shoppach and found a taker before the Dec. 12 non-tender deadline.
Shoppach has been traded to the Rays for a player to be named. The player must be determined by Dec. 20.
That the Indians got anything in return for Shoppach is a bit of a surprise, because he was sure to be granted free agency at the non-tender deadline. He made $1.95 million last year, as his performance slipped, and the second round of arbitration would have provided him with a raise that the Indians weren’t all that willing to absorb.
Shoppach’s arbitration situation is in the Rays’ hands now. As for the Tribe, they have Lou Marson, Wyatt Toregas and, to a lesser degree, Chris Gimenez on board to handle the catching duties, with Carlos Santana on the horizon at Triple-A Columbus. It’s still possible the Indians would look for a veteran catcher in free agency, but I wouldn’t count on it.