Nationals acquire Kelly Shoppach

The Nationals signed veteran Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract today and assigned him to Class AAA Syracuse, adding catching depth and experience to their minor league system.

Shoppach, 33, hit .196/.293/.346 in 125 plate appearances for the Mariners this season before they released him. He has appeared in nine major league seasons. Last year, he hit .233/.309/.425 while playing for the Red Sox and Mets.

The Nationals demoted third baseman Carlos Rivero to Class AA Harrisburg yesterday to make room on the Syracuse roster.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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James Wagner · July 3, 2013