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Birth Date4-29-1980
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
Age34 years, 3 months, 3 days
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0.12010
0.02011
0.82012
0.62013
0.42014
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 BOS 25 9 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .062 .000 .049 -3.4 -0.0 -0.3
2006 CLE 26 41 120 110 7 27 6 0 3 42 8 45 0 0 2 16 0 0 .245 .297 .382 .224 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2007 CLE 27 59 177 161 26 42 13 0 7 76 11 56 1 1 3 30 0 0 .261 .310 .472 .268 12.6 0.1 1.2
2008 CLE 28 112 403 352 67 92 27 0 21 182 36 133 11 1 3 55 0 0 .261 .347 .517 .289 32.6 -1.2 3.2
2009 CLE 29 89 327 271 33 58 14 0 12 108 33 98 18 3 2 40 0 0 .214 .335 .399 .258 12.3 -1.9 1.0
2010 TBA 30 63 187 158 17 31 8 0 5 54 20 71 6 1 2 17 0 0 .196 .308 .342 .241 1.8 -1.1 0.1
2011 TBA 31 87 253 221 23 39 3 0 11 75 19 79 9 1 3 22 0 0 .176 .268 .339 .220 1.2 -0.8 0.0
2012 BOS 32 48 158 140 16 35 12 2 5 66 11 62 5 0 2 17 1 0 .250 .327 .471 .274 6.4 -0.2 0.7
2012 NYN 32 28 87 79 7 16 2 0 3 27 5 27 3 0 0 10 0 0 .203 .276 .342 .237 1.7 -0.5 0.1
2013 CLE 33 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.003 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2013 SEA 33 35 125 107 11 21 7 0 3 37 12 45 3 1 2 9 0 0 .196 .293 .346 .252 6.1 -0.4 0.6
Career57218551616208361922706671556245781921610.223.312.413.25471.0-6.76.5

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2002 SAR A+ 116 480 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PME AA 92 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PAW AAA 113 454 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BOS MLB 9 16 .049 .263 .323 .409 .256 .000 107 -3.6 0.5 0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -3.4 -0.3 -3.4 -0.3
2005 PAW AAA 102 432 .273 .269 .337 .424 .251 .297 105 6.1 12.8 5.3 -1.1 -3.9 23.5 2.0 23.5 2.0
2006 CLE MLB 41 120 .224 .268 .331 .429 .254 .387 107 -4.9 3.6 2.1 -0.6 -2.5 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1
2006 BUF AAA 21 87 .319 .264 .327 .408 .265 .367 101 5.2 2.4 1.4 0.1 -0.3 8.4 0.8 8.4 0.8
2007 CLE MLB 59 177 .268 .267 .332 .421 .262 .354 99 1.5 5.3 3.2 0.1 -0.7 12.6 1.2 12.6 1.2
2008 CLE MLB 112 403 .289 .265 .331 .416 .260 .357 103 12.8 11.6 6.8 -1.2 2.0 32.6 3.2 32.6 3.2
2009 CLE MLB 89 327 .258 .267 .332 .423 .260 .280 102 -0.9 9.4 4.8 -1.9 -1.1 12.3 1.0 12.3 1.0
2010 TBA MLB 63 187 .241 .255 .321 .401 .253 .313 107 -3.7 5.2 2.7 -1.1 -1.2 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2010 DUR AAA 4 13 .222 .270 .322 .393 .248 .400 90 -0.6 0.4 0 -0.0 -1.2 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2011 TBA MLB 87 253 .220 .261 .328 .404 .264 .212 99 -9.9 6.8 4.1 -0.8 -0.6 1.2 0.0 1.2 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 48 158 .274 .260 .319 .419 .262 .411 106 2.2 4.3 2.5 -0.2 -2.7 6.4 0.7 6.4 0.7
2012 NYN MLB 28 87 .237 .247 .305 .386 .250 .265 96 -2 2.4 1.4 -0.5 0.1 1.7 0.1 1.7 0.1
2013 CLE MLB 1 2 -.003 .318 .370 .519 .326 .000 99 -0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 SEA MLB 35 125 .252 .258 .320 .404 .268 .300 93 -0.9 3.3 2 -0.4 -1.3 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2013 COH AAA 1 3 .241 .256 .310 .352 .246 .500 90 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2013 IND AAA 7 27 .152 .260 .313 .387 .248 .294 102 -3.2 0.8 0.5 0.1 -0.5 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2013 SYR AAA 10 40 .241 .250 .317 .382 .247 .292 100 -0.8 1.1 0.7 -0.1 0.1 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 SAR A+ 480 54 112 35 1 10 66 59 112 2 1 .271 .370 .432 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PME AA 385 45 96 30 2 12 60 35 83 0 0 .282 .358 .488 .206 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PAW AAA 454 62 93 25 0 22 64 46 138 0 0 .233 .321 .461 .228 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PAW AAA 432 60 94 16 0 26 75 46 116 0 0 .253 .354 .507 .253 .273 23.5 -1.1 2.0
2005 BOS MLB 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .000 .062 .000 .000 .049 -3.4 -0.0 -0.3
2006 CLE MLB 120 7 27 6 0 3 16 8 45 0 0 .245 .297 .382 .136 .224 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2006 BUF AAA 87 11 22 8 0 4 9 6 25 0 1 .282 .356 .538 .256 .319 8.4 0.1 0.8
2007 CLE MLB 177 26 42 13 0 7 30 11 56 0 0 .261 .310 .472 .211 .268 12.6 0.1 1.2
2008 CLE MLB 403 67 92 27 0 21 55 36 133 0 0 .261 .347 .517 .256 .289 32.6 -1.2 3.2
2009 CLE MLB 327 33 58 14 0 12 40 33 98 0 0 .214 .335 .399 .185 .258 12.3 -1.9 1.0
2010 TBA MLB 187 17 31 8 0 5 17 20 71 0 0 .196 .308 .342 .146 .241 1.8 -1.1 0.1
2010 DUR AAA 13 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .308 .308 .308 .000 .222 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
2011 TBA MLB 253 23 39 3 0 11 22 19 79 0 0 .176 .268 .339 .163 .220 1.2 -0.8 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 158 16 35 12 2 5 17 11 62 1 0 .250 .327 .471 .221 .274 6.4 -0.2 0.7
2012 NYN MLB 87 7 16 2 0 3 10 5 27 0 0 .203 .276 .342 .139 .237 1.7 -0.5 0.1
2013 COH AAA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .241 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2013 IND AAA 27 0 5 1 0 0 2 1 9 0 0 .192 .222 .231 .038 .152 -3.9 0.1 -0.4
2013 SYR AAA 40 3 7 0 0 0 2 5 8 0 0 .219 .359 .219 .000 .241 2.6 -0.1 0.3
2013 CLE MLB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.003 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2013 SEA MLB 125 11 21 7 0 3 9 12 45 0 0 .196 .293 .346 .150 .252 6.1 -0.4 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1570 0.5013 0.4704 0.6463 0.6480 0.2912 0.7333 0.4518 0.3537
2009 1242 0.4984 0.4871 0.6645 0.6882 0.2873 0.7911 0.3631 0.3355
2010 723 0.5214 0.4612 0.5856 0.6525 0.2514 0.6951 0.2759 0.4144
2011 1006 0.4940 0.4985 0.6327 0.6942 0.3065 0.7130 0.4551 0.3673
2012 927 0.5156 0.4644 0.6488 0.6527 0.2628 0.7692 0.3305 0.3512
2013 478 0.4728 0.4905 0.6309 0.6770 0.3175 0.7059 0.4875 0.3691
Career59460.50180.47820.63960.66780.28580.74070.39640.3604

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-04-09 2011-04-10 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-04-11 2010-06-04 15-DL 54 49 Right Knee Surgery Meniscus 2010-04-19
2010-03-01 2010-03-03 Camp 2 0 General Medical Illness -
2008-09-29 2008-09-29 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Cartilage 2008-09-29
2003-04-05 2003-04-29 Minors 24 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 SEA $1,500,000
2012 BOS $1,350,000
2011 TBA $3,000,000
2010 TBA $2,250,000
2009 CLE $1,950,000
2008 CLE $404,100
2007 CLE $383,400
2006 CLE $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$11,164,500
8 yrTotal$11,164,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 132 dLSW Baseball1 year/$1.5M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2013). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/29/13. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses. DFA by Seattle 6/14/13. Released 6/20/13. Signed by Washington as a free agent 7/3/13 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract 7/30/13. Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 8/12/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Pittsburgh 8/28/13. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 8/30/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cleveland 9/1/13.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2012). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/12/11. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Boston 8/14/12.
  • 2 years/$5.5M (2010-11), plus 2012 club option. Re-signed 1/5/10 (avoided arbitration). 10:$2.25M, 11:$3M, 12:$3.2M club option, $0.3M buyout. Tampa Bay declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 1 year/$1.95M (2009). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/12/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Cleveland 12/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4041M (2008). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/7/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3834M (2007). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Boston 1/06. Signed 2/06. Optioned to Triple-A 5/06. Recalled 6/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased 11/04. Re-signed 3/05. Optioned to Triple-A 3/05. Recalled 5/05. Optioned to Triple-A 6/05. Recalled 9/05.
  • Drafted 2001 (2-38) (Baylor). $0.7375M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .228 .322 .417 .273
11 vs R (Multi) .194 .280 .352 .245
18 Split (Multi) -.034 -.042 -.065 -.029
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .167 .306 .333 .269
31 vs R (2013) .203 .281 .342 .262
38 Split (2013) .036 -.025 .008 -.007
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a good fit for the Redbirds at catcher? Doumit's bat would be great, but I can't see Matheny settling for the glove.
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
Kelly Shoppach is available. Otherwise finding a quality catcher is tough, just like finding a quality shortstop at this time of the year. Maybe if the need is still there in a few weeks the Cardinals can convince the Phillies to hand over Carlos Ruiz, or the Nationals to give up Kurt Suzuki before his buyout is due. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the breaking news of Kelly Shoppach signing with the Mets, is the East now the Mets' to lose?
(Garcia from LBC)
Well sure. They're just 16 1/2 out with 47 to go. It's anyone's division now.

Actually, this is a good deal for Boston. Shoppach wasn't the back up long term there. They have Ryan Lavarnway who needs playing time at catcher and this deal opens up a spot for him to get it. He could be the starter next season in Boston or split time equally with Jarrod Saltalamacchia (I spelled that all by myself!) which would make for pretty good production from the catcher's position.

As for what it does for the Mets? They're nine out of the Wild Card with a billion teams to jump over so I don't really get it. (Matthew Kory)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Lavarnway a starter-worthy in an AL-only league?
(cooldude from Mpls)
Not to start the year, since he'll begin at Triple-A. If Salty gets injured, though, I wouldn't be shocked to see him promoted to starting catcher for the Red Sox. He has a great bat, and Kelly Shoppach is sketchy. I suppose there's some chance too he might DH if Ortiz gets hurt. He'll be a boom or bust type guy this season, entirely dependent on someone else failing so he can get a shot. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does the future hold for Jarod Saltalamacchia in Boston.The Red Sox appear to think highly of Ryan Lavarnway and drafted Blake Swihart.Saltyís defense has also cost the team dearly during the debacle at the end of the season.Any thoughts ?
(Spirou from Somewhere close to the Big O)
The fact that they signed lefty-mashing Kelly Shoppach suggests the Red Sox will give Saltalamacchia another year in the big half of a platoon, rather than letting Lavarnway take over. Itís worth noting that PECOTA says Salty will be a 1.0-WARP player in 2012, and that Lavarnway will be a 3.0-WARP player in 2012, and itís also worth noting that the Red Sox are run by smart people. (Sam Miller)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Kelly Shoppach coming back 4-6 from now and John Jaso playing better then Navarro, could the Rays surprise everyone and option Navarro back to the Minors(he does indeed have options left and is under 5 yrs in) and use the more sensible platoon of Jaso(good vs. LHP,improved D and good OBP skills) and Shoppach(good vs. RHP, power and hbp) than Navarro and Shoppach?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
You mean this the other way 'round, of course, and not a bass-ackwards platoon of the lefty-batting Jaso starting against lefties, etc. Me, I could totally see it, as well as the Rays shopping Navarro. But methinks you're over-high on Jaso; he makes a nice lefty-batting complementary player to a right-handed regular like Shoppach. Think Joe Nolan to Rick Dempsey, not Mike LaValliere to Don Slaught. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)So...it may be slightly unlikely that John Jaso keeps hitting like the second coming of Barry Bonds. But how do you see his final line shaking out, as well as playing time at catcher for the Rays?
(Stephanie from DC)
Probably better than Kelly Shoppach and Dioner Navarro's lines. I think he can hit maybe .270/.370/.430. The OBP is sexy. I'm talking to Tommy Bennett right now, he says .280/.340/.430. Obviously, he's going to slug .430 if we both say so. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Can the Indians leverage Kelly Shoppach's 2008 (perhaps using hypnosis to pretend 2009 did not happen) into something useful in a trade? Catchers are always a valuable commodity, and I can't see them tendering him a qualifying offer.
(buffum from Austin TX)
It might be better to keep him around and hope he has a hot start. His trade value took a big hit this year, and I'm sure they don't want to sell low. No reason to have Santana up at the start of the season anyway, so if there aren't any good offers for Shoppach now, it would make a lot of sense to wait it out. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)FWIW, the Rays can have Kelly Shoppach for any pitcher whose arm is still attached.
(buffum from Austin TX)
Be careful what you wish for, I expect Rick Behenna still has two arms. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What would it take to get Aaron Harang from the Reds? I'm wondering if their desire to shed salary and his misleading numbers might make them likely to unload him. Their catchers and shortstop were horrific this season: could the Indians craft a package with Kelly Shoppach, Jhonny Peralta, and a pitching prospect not named Hector or Nick, or would the Reds be looking for a pure prospect package?
(buffum from Austin TX)
Do they have a desire to shed salary? They're not paying that many people as is. I can't see your offer getting it done, even granting your premise. That's a terrible deal. You'd have to do it with real prospects. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kelly Shoppach to the Rangers? Rangers need a Salty replacement, and Shoppach will cost some arbitration bucks next season ...
(buffum from Austin TX)
And the Rangers felt so secure in their catching depth not so long ago, didn't they. With Marson and Santana in the pipeline moving Shoppach might make sense for the Indians, but would he get through waivers? (Ken Funck)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think there is any market for Kelly Shoppach? Also, why won't the Tribe call up LaPorta and let him play?
(warclub from Strongsville, OH )
There should be, yes, although it won't be of the same range of value as it might have been during the offseason; not that he's Ed Hearn, but you weren't going to get a top prospect even then. As far as LaPorta, I'm at a loss. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Should we be excited about Kelly Shoppach?
(dcarroll from WI)
Absolutely. His production this year makes it clear that he's not simply a guy whose upside was as a second-division starting backstop. Look at how much churn was generated over the execrable Jeff Mathis this year... Mathis isn't one of the 30 best catchers on the planet; he probably isn't in the top 50 either. Shoppach obviously is one of the 30 best. It's not just the Rangers who have options behind the plate. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can the tribe trade Kelly Shoppach for Ryan Howard? Does that deal make sense for both squads... And: If you're Towers do you take Cano and Hughes for Jake Peavy?
(thomas from harrisburg)
Bret? Is that you?

Neither of these trades make sense. I'm as down on Ryan Howard as anyone, but I'm not dealing him for a marginal starting catcher coming off of a career half-season. Good god.

And no, I don't trade one of the best SPs in baseball for a slow 2B who never walks and doesn't play defense but who costs a lot of money. That trade offer might even get you laughed off of WFAN. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pretty ironic that Kelly Shoppach is the best player in the Coco Crisp/Andy Marte trade, eh? Keeper question: choose two from the list of Beltran, Berkman, Hart, Guerrero, Sabathia, Billingsley.
(Peter from Beyond the Boxscore)
Shoppach sure would look good in a Red Sox uni, and hell, he can even catch a knuckler. (Marc Normandin)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 7105 13 -10.3 -10.1 3907 -6.7 -1.9 -3.4 -12.2 -13.5
2009 5998 -31 -15.1 -17.7 3422 -7.1 -2.0 -4.1 -17.1 -21.7
2010 3297 -24 -3.0 -6.3 1800 -3.3 -0.9 -3.6 -3.9 -10.0
2011 5290 4 -8.7 -11.5 2790 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -8.7 -11.5
2012 4810 0 2.4 3.4 2555 -2.5 -0.7 -1.9 1.7 1.6
2013 2594 -59 -8.1 -21.9 1446 -2.3 -0.7 -3.2 -8.8 -25.0
total 29094 -101 -42.4 -10.2 15920 -20.0 -5.6 -2.5 -48.0 -12.7

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