Tuesday November 01, 2011 | 07:01 AM

Might the Boston Red Sox welcome back catcher Kelly Shoppach?

The Tampa Bay Rays declined a $3.2-million option on Shoppach, who played for the Sea Dogs in 2003, and was traded by the Red Sox to Cleveland before the 2006 season.

Shoppach struggles at the plate (.176 average last year), but is one of the best defensive catchers. He threw out 18-of-44 base-stealers (41 percent) last year.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw out 31 percent, and Jason Varitek threw out 14 percent.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox decline contract options on relievers Dan Wheeler and Scott Atchison.

Wheeler, 33, had a club option for $3-million for 2012, the same he was played last year. Wheeler was supposed to be a key set-up man, but registered a 4.38 ERA in 47 games.

Wheeler is now a free agent. Boston could still re-sign him at a cheaper price.

Atchison, 35, spent most of last year in Pawtucket. He made 17 appearances with Boston (3.26 ERA).

Atchison's case is different than Wheeler's because he remains under the club's control, and the Red Sox announced that Atchison remains on the team's 40-man roster. He already was cheap, so not sure why his option was declined.

About this Blog

Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs on Clearing the Bases

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws on Holding Court

Subscribe to the
Holding Court RSS

Subscribe to the
Clearing the Bases RSS

Previous entries

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013


September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.