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Shoppach Traded To Tampa

December 1, 2009
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The Indians announced today that they have traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later. The player to be named must be selected on or before December 20.

Shoppach, 29, hit .214 (58-for-271) for the Indians in 2009 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 89 games (33 RS, 33 BB, 98 SO). Kelly spent four seasons with the Indians primarily in the back-up catcher role after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox in January 2006.

As to who the player to be named will be, who knows at this point.  But the timing of when it has to be decided seems to be implied the Indians have a list of players to choose from and they opted to wait as the players on that list may all be Rule 5 eligible.

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