The New York Mets have acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox on a waiver claim in exchange for a player to be named later,
Shoppach, 32, is hitting .250/.327/.471 in 158 plate appearances with Boston this season and is a career with the Red Sox this season.
The eight year veteran brings an older presence behind the plate and was a name on general manager Sandy Alderson’s board during the trade deadline. While no initial deal was made at the deadline, the Mets continued to show interest and finally pulled the trigger today.
This move makes sense for the Mets, Shoppach will not be the catcher for the future, however, neither will Thole. Unless Thole can learn to hit left handers or throw out base runners, it’s tough to believe a player that posses mediocre skills at all facets of the game for a catcher will stay in the Majors for a long time.
The Mets took a risk when they converted Thole, a natural first basemen, and still haven’t seen any improvement that warrants his right to be in the teams future.
Kelly Shoppach isn’t the answer, but the competition for the team’s back stop will certainly push Thole and really give the organization a sense of what he is made of.