Nats sign catcher Kelly Shoppach to minor league deal

The Nationals have bolstered their catching depth, agreeing to terms with veteran Kelly Shoppach on a minor league deal.

Shoppach, 33, will report to Triple-A Syracuse.

A nine-year major league veteran, Shoppach played 35 games with the Mariners this season, posting a slash line of .196/.293/.346 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 107 at-bats.

Shoppach's best offensive season came in 2008, when he hit .261/.348/.517 with 21 homers and 55 RBIs with the Indians.

Considered a solid defensive catcher with a good arm, Shoppach threw out 37 percent of attempted base stealers this season (10-of-27).

The Nationals will be Shoppach's fifth organization in the last three seasons.

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