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George Kottaras | Catcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Blue Jays sent C George Kottaras outright to Triple-A Buffalo.
He was already set for free agency but now will get an early jump to the market. Kottaras had three homers in 18 games for the Indians, Cardinals and Blue Jays this season. Oct 3 - 2:28 PM

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Blue Jays purchased the contract of C George Kottaras from Triple-A Buffalo.

Kottaras latched on with the Blue Jays last month after he was released by the Cardinals. The 31-year-old will serve as a third catcher down the stretch.
Sep 2 - 11:45 AM

Blue Jays signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kottaras was released by the Cardinals at the end of July after they signed A.J. Pierzynski to be their Yadier Molina fill-in. Kottaras, 31, is a weak .216/.326/.414 career hitter in 853 major league plate appearances.
Aug 7 - 2:52 PM

Cardinals released C George Kottaras.

Kottaras had been designated for assignment over the weekend following the A.J. Pierzynski signing. He cleared waivers and is now free to sign on elsewhere.
Jul 29 - 7:44 PM

Cardinals designated C George Kottaras for assignment.

The veteran backstop became expendable with Friday's acquisition of A.J. Pierzynski. He appeared in just four games during his brief stay in St. Louis. He shouldn't have much difficulty finding another organization willing to take a shot on him.
Jul 26 - 11:18 AM

Cardinals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

The Cards needed some depth at catcher following the Yadier Molina (thumb) injury, and Kottaras makes sense as a stop-gap. The 31-year-old is a career .216/.326/.415 hitter but did slug three homers over 10 games with the Tribe. He figures to share time with Tony Cruz while Molina is out, with Audry Perez heading back to Triple-A Memphis. Kottaras won't officially report until Saturday.
Jul 11 - 1:48 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that George Kottaras is "of interest" to the Cardinals.

The Cards, of course, are looking for a catcher following Yadier Molina's thumb surgery. Goold notes that Kottaras, who was designated for assignment by the Indians earlier this week, "has done well offensively" and "has a solid reputation in the game and experience at the position." Another catcher who could interest the Cardinals is John Buck, who was also just designated for assignment. They could also consider a trade for Kurt Suzuki. Goold says the club does not have interest in A.J. Pierzynski.
Jul 11 - 10:13 AM

Indians designated C George Kottaras for assignment.

Kottaras was 6-for-21 (.286) with three home runs in his nearly six-week stay with the Indians. The 31-year-old catcher could draw some interest on waivers.
Jul 7 - 2:45 PM

George Kottaras went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer in three starts Monday against Rangers.

Kottaras was making just his second appearance since being recalled on May 27. He also played in one game for the Indians in early May while Yan Gomes was out and hit two homers in that one. So, in three games this season, he has three homers and three walks, plus a lone single. Which is pretty good for a guy who has been up for grabs three times since the end of last season. Hopefully, the Indians keep him around as Yan Gomes' backup and just forget about having Carlos Santana catch again.
Jun 10 - 12:35 AM

Indians purchased the contract of C George Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus.

Kottaras will provide depth at catcher for the Tribe while Carlos Santana recovers from a concussion. Kottaras hit two homers in a short stay with Cleveland earlier this month but is doubtful to hold fantasy relevance.
May 27 - 4:18 PM

Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports that George Kottaras is back with the Indians.

No official announcement from the team yet, but this could be an indication that Carlos Santana is DL-bound or at least will be sidelined for a few days. Kottaras hit two homers in a brief stint with the Indians earlier this month.
May 27 - 3:40 PM

George Kottaras has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus.

Kottaras had the option of declaring free agency but has decided to remain in the organization. He'll provide the Tribe with some depth in the minors.
May 13 - 9:15 PM

Indians sent C George Kottaras outright to Triple-A Columbus.

Kottaras homered twice in his lone start for the Tribe before being designated for assignment. He has the option of declaring free agency.
May 11 - 3:07 PM

Indians designated C George Kottaras for assignment.

Cleveland needed the roster spot for starter Josh Tomlin, who will pitch Tuesday night against the Twins. Kottaras joined the Indians on Saturday and slugged two solo home runs Sunday, but there is no longer a need for him with Yan Gomes back from paternity leave.
May 6 - 4:15 PM

George Kottaras smacked a pair of solo homers in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Kottaras was called up earlier Sunday because Yan Gomes went on paternity leave, and he wound up going deep in each of his first two at-bats as an Indian. He also drew a walk. Despite the big showing, Kottaras still seems likely to be sent back down in a couple days when Gomes returns.
May 4 - 4:12 PM

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