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Humberto Cota | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/7/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Diamondbacks signed C Humberto Cota to a minor league contract.
Cota hasn't appeared in the majors since the 2007 season. He will be organizational depth for the Snakes. Mon, Dec 3, 2012 02:40:00 PM

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Reds signed catcher Humberto Cota to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

The Reds needed another Triple-A catcher with Ryan Jorgesen retiring. Cota last played in the majors for the Pirates in 2007 and was suspended last year for testing positive for a PED.
Mon, Feb 2, 2009 07:04:00 PM

MLB suspended catcher Humberto Cota for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Cota didn't think he was cheating. "I want to make it clear that I did not use any banned substances in order to improve my performance," Cota said in a statement. "In July 2007, I had season-ending surgery performed on my left shoulder. During this past winter, while I was a free agent, my shoulder was slow to heal. I took substances that were prescribed for me by a doctor in Mexico." The Rockies will need to find another catcher to keep as veteran insurance in Triple-A.
Wed, May 28, 2008 06:38:00 PM

Nationals signed catchers Humberto Cota and Chad Moeller to minor league contracts and invited them to spring taining.

A couple of veteran alternatives should the Nationals decide Jose Flores is better off playing regularly in Triple-A than serving as Brian Schneider's backup. Cota, a career .233/.280/.358 hitter in 519 at-bats for the Pirates, is the better player of the two, though that's not saying much.
Wed, Nov 28, 2007 01:15:00 AM

Humberto Cota, who has played in just one game since late-April, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

He's been with the Triple-A team since June.
Sun, Aug 5, 2007 12:57:00 AM

Pirates designated catcher Humberto Cota for assignment.

Cota, who spent time on the DL last month, was 4-for-14 in five games for the Pirates this season. His departure and Rajai Davis' arrival likely means that Ryan Doumit is in line for more playing time behind the plate.
Tue, Jun 5, 2007 12:14:00 AM

Pirates activated catcher Humberto Cota from the 15-day disabled list.

Cota will function as a third catcher behind Ronny Paulino and Ryan Doumit. There's not going to be much reason to play him more than once per month.
Sun, May 20, 2007 01:01:00 PM

Humberto Cota (shoulder) is hitting .353 with four RBs during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.

"I don't think it's a bad thing that he's there," manager Jim Tracy said. "He's catching on a regular basis and getting regular at-bats." Cota was eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but it appears he will remain in Triple-A until his rehab assignment expires.
Thu, May 17, 2007 11:13:00 AM

Humberto Cota (shoulder) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Cota, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, was 0-for-2 during Wednesday's game.
Thu, May 10, 2007 10:40:00 AM

Pirates placed catcher Humberto Cota on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a strained left shoulder.

Cota had played in just four games this season, going 3-for-12 with three RBI. Ryan Doumit will replace him as Ronny Paulino's backup.
Thu, Apr 26, 2007 12:50:00 PM

Humberto Cota is expected to make the Pirates as their backup catcher.

Pittsburgh could have released Cota Wednesday and been on the hook for just one quarter of his contract, but chose not to.
Thu, Mar 29, 2007 09:50:00 AM

Pirates agreed to terms with catcher Humberto Cota on a one-year, $537,000 contract.

Whether Cota serves as Ronny Paulino's backup this year could be determined by Ryan Doumit's showing this spring. If the Pirates decide that Doumit should see time at first base, it's more likely that Cota will be kept.
Tue, Jan 16, 2007 07:35:00 PM

Humberto Cota returned to action on Sunday and went 0-for-4 in three strikeouts.

Cota left his start last Sunday with a right knee contusion. He was probably available to play several days ago, but he's only starting once per week right now.
Sun, May 21, 2006 08:20:00 PM

Humberto Cota left Sunday's game in the second inning with a right knee contusion.

A tough break for Cota, who was starting just his second game of the month. He's not getting any time at all off the bench, so he had appeared in a total of two games in 19 days. Ronny Paulino replaced him.
Sun, May 14, 2006 03:04:00 PM

Despite a 1-for-12 start, Humberto Cota today made his fifth start in eight games. He went 1-for-4.

Ryan Doumit is 2-for-13 with a homer. Pirates manager Jim Tracy thinks defense first, so Cota is going to continue to get a lot of playing time even if Doumit outhits him. Doumit is still the far better bet in NL-only leagues.
Mon, Apr 10, 2006 04:47:00 PM

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