For a short while, we've been taking it for granted that the Seattle Mariners would eventually sign free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach. The other day, Ryan Divish reported that Shoppach was in Seattle for a visit. We couldn't dismiss the possibility that Shoppach was just here to hang out, as if the Mariners' front office were some of his baseball buddies, but the more likely assumption was that Shoppach was around to get signed. Indeed, Shoppach was around to get signed, and while nothing is official yet, Shoppach's going to be a 2013 Seattle Mariner: The only hold-up is that Shoppach still has to pass a physical, which might be somewhat difficult to conduct on account of all the hair. (I assume that Kelly Shoppach is hairy.) Oh, also, the other hold-up is that the Mariners will need to make room on their 40-man roster, which might mean trade. Or it could mean designation for assignment, followed by trade. Or it could just mean designation for assignment. So it could be a few days before the Mariners make their Shoppach agreement official. But I don't see any reason to believe he'll bomb a physical. What are they going to find, avascular necrosis? Like that ever happens.
Kelly Shoppach Is Happening
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