The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Kelly Shoppach on a minor league deal, and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Shoppach has spent time this year with Seattle and Washington, before being released on July 31st by the Nationals. He hit for a .196/.293/.346 line in 107 at-bats with Seattle in the majors, which is well below the .782-.865 OPS at the height of his career, or even his career .726 OPS.
The Pirates have needed catching depth with Michael McKenry out for the season. They will obviously keep Tony Sanchez as the backup, but Shoppach will be number three on the depth chart, and most likely will receive a September call-up. He has always been connected to the Pirates due to his days in Cleveland, and the rumors that the Pirates tried to acquire him as part of a Jason Bay trade in the 2007-08 off-season. He doesn't have the offense he did back then, but he should be a good option as a third catcher for the rest of the season.
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