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George Kottaras | Catcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Indians signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract.
The veteran backstop isn't likely to stay in the minor leagues for long, and could soon work his way into becoming the primary backup to Yan Gomes, with Carlos Santana functioning as the team's primary third baseman. Mar 30 - 11:10 PM

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Cubs released C George Kottaras.

Kottaras was projected to begin the year as Chicago's backup catcher, but the opportunity will now presumably fall to either Eli Whiteside or John Baker. We're guessing the 30-year-old will not be out of work for long.
Mar 26 - 1:33 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Rangers are interested in Cubs catcher George Kottaras.

The Rangers are going to be without Geovany Soto for the next 10-12 weeks as he recovers from knee surgery, so there's a need for depth. Kottaras has been expected to open the 2014 season as the backup to Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, but Chicago has other options.
Mar 25 - 5:26 PM

George Kottaras went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Kottaras will serve as the Cubs' second-string catcher, backing up Welington Castillo. He has never been much with the bat, but he has a mastery of the strike zone, making him a better play in leagues that use on-base percentage.
Mar 5 - 5:49 PM

Cubs avoided arbitration with C George Kottaras by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.

Kottaras was acquired from the Royals in a trade last week. He batted only .180/.349/.370 over 126 plate appearances in 2013 but has a bit of pop and will take a walk. He should open 2014 as Welington Castillo's backup.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 07:24:00 PM

Cubs acquired C George Kottaras from the Royals for cash considerations.

Kottaras was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week after batting just .180/.349/.370 over 126 plate appearances in 2013. The 30-year-old will be in the running for backup catcher next spring in Cubs camp.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 04:13:00 PM

Royals designated C George Kottaras for assignment.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jason Vargas. Kottaras hit just .180/.349/.370 in 126 plate appearances for the Royals in 2013 and was likely going to be non-tendered. He'll look for a backup job elsewhere.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 07:47:00 PM

George Kottaras has just two hits this season.

Kottaras has started only four games this season and hasn't registered a hit since April 28. He's batting .125/.364/.375 this season, somehow drawing six walks in 21 plate appearances despite his limp bat.
Tue, May 21, 2013 04:53:00 AM

Royals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics.

Kottaras won't get much playing time unless Salvador Perez gets injured, but he represents a nice upgrade over Brett Hayes as the backup. The 29-year-old batted .211/.351/.415 with nine homers last year between the Brewers and A's.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 02:19:00 PM

Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that the Yankees aren't interested in George Kottaras.

Kottaras was designated for assignment by the Athletics last week following the acquisition of John Jaso. While there was some speculation that the Yankees could have interest, they appear poised to open the season with a catching tandem of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart.
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Athletics designated C George Kottaras for assignment.

The move was made in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for John Jaso. Kottaras is a viable backup, at the very least, and seems likely to be traded. He's slated to make $1 million in 2013 after batting .211/.351/.415 with nine homers last year.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 08:10:00 PM

Athletics and C George Kottaras avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $1 million. Kottaras, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, made $700,000 last season while hitting .211/.351/.415 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .766 OPS in 209 plate appearances between the Brewers and Athletics. He's slated to begin 2013 as Derek Norris' backup.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 05:16:00 PM

George Kottaras hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday as the A's beat the Rangers 3-2.

Another unlikely hero in an unlikely season for the A's. Kottaras is batting just .220 with a .793 OPS in 81 games this year but came through in the clutch Tuesday night. Oakland now boasts a 2 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the chase for the second American League Wild Card.
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 11:50:00 PM

George Kottaras blasted a three-run homer in Friday's 6-1 win over the Mariners.

Kottaras tagged King Felix Hernandez in the fourth. It was his only hit in four trips to the plate, though he also drew a walk. Rotating starts with Derek Norris, Kottaras is a poor AL-only league option for the fantasy playoffs.
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 01:56:00 AM

George Kottaras went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI against the Red Sox on Friday.

The four former Red Sox in Oakland's lineup combined for nine hits, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored tonight. Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss both had four RBI to go along with Kottaras' five. Coco Crisp, on the other hand, didn't make much of a contribution, going 0-for-5.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 01:20:00 AM

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2B1Jason Kipnis
2Elliot Johnson
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Carlos Santana
2Lonnie Chisenhall
3Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Michael Bourn
2Nyjer Morgan
RF1David Murphy
DH1Ryan Raburn
2Jason Giambi
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PosRoleName
S1Justin Masterson
2Corey Kluber
3Danny Salazar
4Zach McAllister
5Carlos Carrasco
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1John Axford
2Cody Allen
3Bryan Shaw
4Marc Rzepczynski
5Josh Outman
6Blake Wood
7Scott Atchison
8C.C. Lee