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article imageMLB: Tampa Bay Rays sign Kelly Shoppach to two-year deal

By Andrew Moran     Jan 6, 2010 in Sports
After being quite quiet throughout the winter meetings and MLB offseason, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million.
On Tuesday, Kelly Shoppach and the 2008 American League champions, the Tampa Bay Rays, have agreed to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million, according to the Associated Press. The deal would see Shoppach earn $2.5 million in 2010 and then $3 million in 2011. The deal includes a club option worth $3.2 million in a third season, or a $300,000 buyout.
Shoppach will compete with All-Star Dioner Navarro for playing time.
This deal actually dates back to Dec. 1 when they acquired the 29-year-old from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, which turned out to be right-hander Mitch Talbott.
The Los Angeles Times notes that Shoppach struggled offensively last season for an injured Victor Martinez by hitting .214 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in only 89 games.
Shoppach has played with the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians since entering the majors in 2005. He has a career batting average of .241 with 43 home runs and 141 RBIs.
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