Kelly Shoppach, Red Sox catcher
You can go home again… but not for long.
The Red Sox originally selected Shoppach in the second round of the 2001 MLB draft and he was called up to Boston for the first time in May 2005, but went hitless in 15 at-bats. After four years with the Indians and two with the Rays, Shoppach came back to Boston last season in a free agent deal worth $1,135,00.
The 32-year-old catcher appeared in 48 games for Bobby Valentine’s squad, primarily as the backup to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, before getting traded to the Mets in August for Pedro Beato, the player named later in the deal.
The New York Daily News reported that Shoppach, and not Adrian Gonzalez, was behind a text message sent to Red Sox owners in July complaining about Valentine. Shoppach clashed with Valentine regarding his lack of playing time earlier in the season and Valentine recently admitted that he and Shoppach never got along while the two were in Boston.
Shoppach batted .250 with five home runs and 17 RBIs before getting dealt.