Departure Date: January 27, 2006
Transaction: Traded with Andy Marte and Guillermo Mota to the Cleveland Indians for Coco Crisp, David Riske, & Josh Bard.
As the Red Sox have longed for young catching depth in recent years, and Josh Bard proved incapable of filling that role, the acquisition of Coco Crisp at the expense of Kelly Shoppach has seemed unfortunate, to say the least.
That said, a career 2008 backing up Cleveland's then Victor Martinez has given Red Sox fans a skewed perception of Shoppach.
That year, Shoppach hit .261 with 21 homers in only 403 plate appearances. His sabermetric value shot through the roof to $16.1 million, and fans could only imagine how he would do if he caught a whole season, or at least hit a whole season.
Although he famously drove in the first run at the new Yankee Stadium, 2009 saw Shoppach's average sink to .214.
Traded again in December, look for Shoppach to back up Dioner Navarro for the 2010 Tampa Bay Rays.