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According to Peter Gammons via Twitter, the Mets have discussed trading for catcher Kelly Shoppach of the Boston Red Sox.
He may not be the name that fans have been clamoring for, but he would significantly improve their offensive production from the catching position.
He has been a subpar hitter against right-handed pitchers but he would make for a solid platoon with Josh Thole, who is hitting .195 against southpaws.
The 32-year-old catcher has produced consistently in his career, racking up an RBI once every 7.2 at-bats.
This season has not been a particularly impressive one in his limited playing time with Boston, but perhaps a change of scenery would spark his bat.
Shoppach has a career .900 OPS against left-handed pitchers, which is extremely effective for a catcher.
Additionally, he has hit 34 career second-half home runs in a little more than a season's worth of at-bats.
The addition of Shoppach may not light the Twitter world on fire, but it could be enough of an improvement over Nickeas to help the Mets offense behind the plate, which has posted a .602 SLG this season.
Again, catchers are not the most productive position in the MLB, so the elite ones are not available on the open market. Of the ones that could be traded for, Shoppach may be the Mets' best and most affordable option.
For those who prefer Ramon Hernandez, take a glance at his 2012 statistics before you make a compelling argument.