On Tuesday, news surfaced that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with C Kelly Shoppach. The deal is worth a reported $1.5 million for the 2013 season and will be finalized this afternoon after Shoppach passes a physical with the Mariners. The deal also includes a possible $500,000 dollar bonus if Shoppach reaches performance based incentives.
Shoppach, 32, will serve as the Mariners back up catcher, behind Jesus Montero. The receiver posted a .233/.309/.425 line last season, splitting the year between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets. In 245 plate appearances, he hit eight home runs, 14 doubles and drove in 27 runs.