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Nationals to bring in Shoppach

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The Washington Nationals reached agreement on a minor league contract with Veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach on Wednesday.

Shoppach, who was released two weeks ago by the Seattle Mariners, will will report to Triple-A, according to CSNWashington.com. His adddition to the roster gives the Nationals some depth behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos in front of Shoppach.

The 33-year-old played in 35 games with the Mariners this year and batted .196 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Shoppach has spent much of his nine-year career in the major leagues as a backup or part-time player. He has a .224 career batting average with 70 homers and 216 RBIs.
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