Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 9/13/12
Before the game last night, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that he would like Kelly Shoppach to return to the Mets next season. According to Collins, Shoppach has a sharp defensive game and he credits him for how he’s handled the pitching staff, particularly getting them to pitch inside more. Shoppach, who turns 33 next Spring, is a career .228 hitter, but has enjoyed some moderate success since the Mets acquired him, batting .255 with three home runs in 17 games with the Amazins. The right-handed hitting catcher signed one-year, $1.35 million deal with the Red Sox last winter to be thier backup catcher. There’s quite a buzz going around that if the Mets do bring him back they intend to use him as a regular catcher. It’s all speculation at this point, but the mere suggestion of it makes my skin crawl even if it was only intended to be a one-year stop gap. Last week I read that Shoppach will most likely command a two year deal and considerably more than his current salary...
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