The post-Thanksgiving season is Open Season for bargain hunters nationwide. Holiday shoppers flock to Best Buy and Target in search of discounted products they donÆt need. As the spending surge tapers down, it is clear that the shrewdest customer of the last few days was Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman, who acquired Kelly Shoppach from the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. In doing so, Friedman bought himself a new starting catcher for the low, low price of a player to be named later (PTBNL). A glance at ShoppachÆs numbers last year might have you wondering if Friedman would have been better off shopping at RadioShack. While 12 homers and 40 RBI arenÆt bad for 89 games, his abysmal batting average (.214) and slugging percentage (.399) were appalling, even for a catcher. But that doesnÆt ...
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