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Shoppach available (again)

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It’s not a possible trade target, but Jerry Crasnick reports that catcher Kelly Choppach has opted out of his minor league deal [2] with the Nationals and has become a free agent. Could be a veteran alternative behind the plate, but it’s worth noting two things — 1. Shoppach was released by the Mariners earlier this season and the Yankees didn’t get him then, and 2. Austin Romine has shown something with the bat lately, so the desire to upgrade might not be so desperate.

Given the Francisco Cervelli situation — setback with the hand, now facing a possible suspension — the Yankees desire for catching depth might be a little higher, but Shoppach really hasn’t hit this year, even in the minor leagues, and it’s hard to say he’d be a definite upgrade.