Found December 13, 2011 on Sox and Dawgs:
When former Boston Red Sox and current Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette stole Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb in 1997 at the trade deadline, it marked the start of the Tek's time in the Red Sox organization. And on this day in December of 2011, it looks as though his time as a member of the Red Sox is up. With the Red Sox signing free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one year deal worth $1.35 million on Tuesday, the Red Sox will more than likely will be without their captain for the first time since 2004 when he was named just the third captain of the Red Sox in their history. Ironically enough, the Red Sox drafted Shoppach in the second round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He made it to the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2005 for nine games before being shipped to Cleveland for Coco Crisp and Andy Marte before the 2006 season. He spent four seasons with the Indians before playing the last two with the Tampa Bay Rays. With Shoppach in the ...

Vote: Is Jason Varitek a Hall of Famer?

The Red Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach on Tuesday, making many wonder whether Jason Varitek's career in Boston could be coming to an end. Sure, the veteran backstop has become a backup with the team the past two seasons, but there's no denying the tremendous career he's had. And because of his success, Varitek will always possess legendary status amongst Sox fans....

Shoppach In, Varitek Out

Kelly Shoppach, the once-promising catcher that Boston traded after the 2005 season because, well, the Sox had Jason Varitek behind the plate, is re-joining the team, signing a one-year $1.35 million deal. Via The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, a baseball source told The deal...

Shoppach Agrees To Deal With Red Sox

Jerry Crasnick of is reporting that Kelly Shoppach has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Red Sox, thus ensuring that the fans sitting behind the third base dugout at the Trop will not be safe in 2012 after all. Related posts:Rays Avoid Arbitration With Shoppach [PAT THE BAT] Pat Burrell Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Rays Rogers: Chirinos Could Push Shoppach For Roster Spot...

Jason Varitek's Career in Boston Appears Over, But Red Sox Captain Has Cemented His Legacy in Franchise History

Since the end of the regular season, Jason Varitek has been in limbo. With the veteran catcher –– and team captain –– pushing 40 years heading into the 2012 season, his status on the Red Sox roster has been unknown. The answer apparently came on Tuesday, though, when the Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year deal. With Shoppach, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway...

Shoppach Returns to Boston

Kelly Shoppach is going back to where he started. The 31-year-old catcher agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Boston Red Sox — the organization that drafted him in the second round of the 2001 draft. With incentives, the deal could be worth $1.75 million. Signing with the Red Sox ensures that Shoppach will remain in the American League East, where he...

Report: Red Sox Sign Catcher Kelly Shoppach to One-Year, $1.35 Million Deal

The Red Sox have reportedly added a veteran backstop. According to Jerry Crasnick, the Sox have signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year deal with $1.35 million. Shoppach is pretty familiar with the organization, being drafted by the Sox in 2001 and making his major league debut with the team in 2005. Last year with Tampa Bay, he hit .176 with 11 homers and 22 RBIs in 87 games...

Does Jason Varitek Have Anything Left to Offer?

By signing Kelly Shoppach the Boston Red Sox seem to be indicating that the Jason Varitek Era is at an end. Varitek was already a part-time player in Boston, mostly serving as the lesser half of a catcher platoon with fellow switch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 2011. Saltalamacchia is sticking around, and Shoppach is also the right-handed half of a platoon. It appears that there...

Sox sign Shoppach, likely ending Varitek's run

After a six-year absence, catcher Kelly Shoppach is back for another stint with the Red Sox. Shoppach, 31, has...

Red Sox-Shoppach deal likely ends Varitek era

BOSTON (AP) -- Kelly Shoppach and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract that brings the free-agent catcher back to his original team.

Shoppach catches on with Sox

Upon being drafted by the Red Sox in 2001, Kelly Shoppach was perceived as the potential heir apparent to Jason...

Varitek, Wakefield interest Cubs' Epstein

A Cubs source confirmed the team has some interest in acquiring longtime Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and ageless knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Kelly Shoppach Returns, Casey McGehee Departs, And Nickelback Wins Again

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December 14, 2011: Dear Santa…

I was talking with my friend, Paul from Boston, the other day, and he mentioned that he recently saw the Big Guy in the Red Suit, and hoped that he would have the opportunity to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, he did not have the chance, so he told me instead… Well Santa: I need an effective RH Power Hitting Right Fielder with a Gun of an arm and...
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