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The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has traded catcher George Kottaras to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations. Kottaras was designated for assignment on November 22.
Kottaras, 30, played in 46 games for the Royals last season, making 29 starts behind the plate. The left-handed hitting catcher batted .180 with five homers and 12 RBI. He also drew 24 walks, which led the Major Leagues among players with 150 or fewer plate appearances. His .349 on-base percentage ranked sixth among American League backstops that played at least 40 games.
The Royals announced have added left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to the 40-man roster. To clear a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment. Kottaras was KC’s backup catcher in 2013. He recorded five home runs and 12 RBI in 46 games.
The Royals today have claimed catcher George Kottaras on Outright Waivers from the Oakland Athletics. To create room on the 40-man roster, the club designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment.
The 29-year-old Kottaras (kuh-tar-us) has played for the Red Sox (2008-09), Brewers (2010-12) and Athletics (2012), batting .220 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI in 249 Major League contests. The left-handed hitter posted a .351 on-base percentage while drawing a career-high 37 walks in 85 games for Milwaukee and Oakland in 2012 while helping the A’s win the American League West after being acquired on July 29. He blasted six home runs for Oakland in just 27 games and then appeared in four games during the A’s Divisional Series vs. Detroit. Born in Scarbourough, Ontario, Canada, Kottaras now resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Abreu, 28, hit .257 in 22 games for the Royals in 2012 after spending a majority of the campaign at Triple-A Omaha.