The Mariners made a roster move while I was standing in Oakland Airport Rental Car Center also known as the third circle of Hades.
Catcher Kelly Shoppach was designated for assignment, and veteran free agent Henry Blanco was signed to a contract and will be here in Oakland tonight wearing number 33.
Before you go crazy about switching out a veteran back-up catcher, for a more veteran back-up catcher, lets not over-romanticize Shoppachs contributions.
He was a solid catcher, who filled in nicely when Jesus Montero tanked. After hitting well early, Shoppachs numbers regressed as expected.