Kelly Shoppach has been traded to the New York Mets for the usual exchange, a player to be named later. We were expecting this trade before the July 31st deadline, and it was rumored that they would trade Shoppach by the waiver deadline.
The Sox have a long-term plan in Ryan Lavarnway who brings a lot more to the plate as a batter, but may lack some defensive skills. Lavarnway has improved his play behind the plate in Pawtucket and will have to work out any kinks quickly. With all of that said, I would take the 25-year-old Lavarnway over the 32-year-old Shoppach any day.
So long, Kelly, it wasn't that fun.