The Mariners have placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.
Shoppach, 33, was designated for assignment on June 14 when the Mariners signed free agent catcher Henry Blanco. He hit .196 (21x107) in 35 games with the Mariners this season with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI with 12 walks and 45 strikeouts.
Even if Shoppach had cleared waivers, he could and likely would refuse a minor league assignment if the Mariners tried to outright him. Realistically, the Mariners were ready to part ways with the veteran catcher.