Sealing the Deal

The Red Sox have signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a 1-year, $1.35mm deal so reports ESPN.

That essentially closes the door on a return for Jason Varitek. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia set to be the everyday catcher and Ryan Lavarnway the back-up catcher/DH/1b.

Shoppach has been terrible at the plate his last 2 seasons putting up a .650 OPS in 2010 and a .607 OPS in 2011, so to me, this is an insurance signing in case Lavarnway struggles with his defense. Shoppach sadly has turned into a Kevin Cash offensively.