BALTIMORE – The Red Sox opened up room for the future today when they traded Kelly Shoppach to the New York Mets for a player to be named later. Reliever Andrew Bailey, who has not pitched for the Red Sox the entire season, will be activated.
Shoppach, as we reported last Friday, had been placed on trade waivers and the Sox and Mets were able to work out a deal.
“Kelly was claimed by the Mets and we were able to work out a deal,” said manager Bobby Valentine. “We have Ryan Lavarnway here and he’s been waiting for an opportunity to play.”
Shoppach, 32, hit .250 (35-for-140) with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 17 RBIs, 16 runs scored, 11 walks and a stolen base in 48 games for the Red Sox this season after signing with the club as a free agent in December 2011.
He started 42 games behind the plate and threw out 26.9 percent of attempted base stealers (7 of 26). Originally selected by Boston in the second round of the 2001 draft, the righthanded batter posted a .227 average (324-for-1,428) with 83 doubles, two triples, 64 home runs, 197 RBI, 190 runs and 138 walks in 508 career Major League games over parts of eight seasons with the Red Sox (2005, 2012), Indians (2006-09) and Rays (2010-11).
Lavarnway has struggled since being called up from the minors (2-for-22), but the Red Sox aren’t concerned about his bat. He will assume a major role behind the plate from this day forward. He was recently named the International League defensive catcher of the year by Baseball America.