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"Most likely for Carlos some time at Triple-A continuing to develop his game-calling, his leadership skills and honing his defensive game will be beneficial," Shapiro said. "I would expect at some point (next) season, between April and September, we'll see him in Cleveland."
Shapiro acknowledged financial considerations were involved in the trade. Shoppach, who made $1.95 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration and could earn close to $3 million in 2010.
Adding a catcher was one of Tampa Bay's top priorities this offseason. The switch-hitting Navarro was an All-Star in 2008 but slumped to .218 this year -- down 75 points from the previous season. His batting average ranked 219th out of 222 major leaguers with 400 or more plate appearances.
In five seasons with the Indians and Red Sox, the right-handed hitting Shoppach has 43 homers and 141 RBIs. He is a .295 career hitter against left-handed pitching.
"Kelly's a guy who has great talent and the ability to be a complete catcher," Shapiro said. "He calls a good game, he throws well and, obviously, he hits for power. I know he strikes out a lot, but he's got great power. The more contact he makes the more a run producer he will be."
The Indians will complete the trade before Dec. 20. Shapiro said the player the Indians receive could be on the 25-man roster when the season begins.
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