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59 George Kottaras C
Height/Weight: 6-0/202 | Birthdate: 5/10/1983 | Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: Connors State Coll. OK (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 502.50
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Cardinals add George Kottaras to active roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Cardinals added catcher George Kottaras to the active roster Saturday one day after claiming him off waivers.

Kottaras isn't in the starting lineup Saturday, but he could become an option for regular playing time with Yadier Molina sidelined by a serious thumb injury. Kottaras went 6 for 21 with three home runs in 10 appearances with the Indians.


Cardinals claim George Kottaras


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Cardinals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Kottaras, 31, batted 6 for 21 (.286) with three homers and four RBI before Cleveland designated him for assignment.

St. Louis needed depth at catcher after losing Yadier Molina to a torn thumb ligament.


Indians designate George Kottaras for assignment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) The Indians designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment. He batted .286 (6 for 21) with three homers and four RBI in 10 games with Cleveland.

George Kottaras knocks third home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Indians catcher George Kottaras went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 17-7 win over the Rangers Monday.

Kottaras has been used very sparingly this season, with Monday's appearance his third of the year. Despite that, he has hit three home runs in his eight at-bats. Kottaras owns a massive .500/.583/.1.625 line in his limited action.


George Kottaras back with Indians


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) The Indians purchased the contract of catcher George Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus. He hit two solo homers in his only major-league appearance this season, a May 4 game against the White Sox.

George Kottaras accepts outright assignment to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Indians catcher George Kottaras accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus, the team announced Tuesday.

Kottaras cleared waivers Sunday and likely thinks his best shot of getting back to the majors quickly is with the Indians organization. He went 2 for 3 with a walk and two solo home runs in his one appearance with the Indians before the move was made.


George Kottaras clears waivers Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Indians catcher George Kottaras cleared waivers Sunday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Kottaras hit two home runs in his three major-league at-bats. He was designated for assignment in order to make room for Josh Tomlin. 


George Kottaras taken off roster to clear spot for Josh Tomlin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Indians catcher George Kottaras was designated for assignment Tuesday to clear a roster spot for starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, who is rejoining the rotation. Kottaras homered twice in his only game with Cleveland Sunday.

George Kottaras homers in first two plate appearances


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) It didn't take long for Indians catcher George Kottaras to make an impact following his promotion from the minors Saturday.

Kottaras hit solo home runs off Andre Rienzo in his first two plate appearances Sunday against the White Sox, becoming the first player since Jeremy Giambi in 2002 to homer in his first first two plate appearances for a team, according to Elias. He was also the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

He finished 2 for 3 with one walk Sunday.


Indians announce several roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) The Indians announced several roster moves prior to Saturday's clash against the White Sox, MLB.com reports.

The team placed catcher Yan Gomes on the paternity list and designated infielder Elliot Johnson for assignment. In exchange, the Indians recalled pitcher Nick Hagadone from Triple-A and purchased the contract of catcher George Kottaras from Triple-A.

Indians sign George Kottaras, send him to Columbus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) The Indians have signed veteran catcher George Kottaras and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus, per The Associated Press.

Kottaras, who played for Terry Francona in Boston, was released by the Cubs after a miserable spring. He has served as a backup throughout his career, but does have 28 home runs in 594 at-bats over the last four seasons.


George Kottaras signs minor-league deal with Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) The Indians signed catcher George Kottaras to a minor-league contract on Sunday. Kottaras was released by the Cubs earlier last week. He batted .150 in 20 at-bats this spring.

George Kottaras placed on release waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Cubs catcher George Kottaras has been placed on release waivers, according to 670 The Score. 

Kottaras cleared outright waivers, and the team decided to put him on release waivers. Kottaras hit .180 in 100 at-bats last year. 


George Kottaras traded to the Cubs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) The Royals have traded catcher George Kottaras to the Cubs, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. 

Kottaras received 100 at-bats this season, hitting .180/.349/.370. He'll likely play in a backup role behind Welington Castillo.


Royals designate George Kottaras for assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) The Royals designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment Thursday, clearing a 40-man roster spot for free-agent signee Jason Vargas. Kottaras hit .180/.349/.370 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 100 at-bats with the Royals last season.

George Kottaras goes deep for Royals


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Royals catcher George Kottaras hit his fifth home run of the season Saturday in New York. Kottaras went deep in the third inning off starter Jeremy Hefner for a solo shot.

Kottaras finished the game 1 for 3 and is batting .172. He has five homers and 12 RBI through 64 at-bats.

 


George Kottaras gets the nod


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Royals catcher George Kottaras will start Tuesday against the Orioles.

Kottaras will hit seventh against Jason Hammel. Salvador Perez has appeared in four straight games, and it's likely just a normal day of rest. Kottaras is hitting .179/.352/.446 in 56 at-bats. 


George Kottaras homers for Royals


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2013) Royals catcher George Kottaras, getting a rare start for Salvador Perez, homered Sunday in a 7-6 win over the White Sox. 

Kottaras' solo homer came off starter Dylan Axelrod in the fifth, his second of the year. He finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts and is batting .143. 

The 30-year-old backup catcher has nine RBI in 49 at-bats. 


George Kottaras wins Royals backup catcher job


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2013) George Kottaras has won the Royals' backup catcher job over Brett Hayes, the Kansas City Star reports.

Kottaras, 29, hit .306/.468/.389 in 47 spring plate appearances. Over the last two years, he owns a .227/.336/.433 (108 OPS+) line with 14 home runs in 332 plate appearances. Although he struggles defensively, his combination of patience and power is rare behind the plate.

Hayes, also 29, hit .306/.375/.556 in 40 spring plate appearances but doesn't have the recent track record Kottaras owns. Hayes has just a .217/.263/.340 (63 OPS+) line over his last two seasons (262 plate appearances).


Royals waiting to choose backup catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday no decision has been made yet on who will back up starting catcher Salvador Perez, according to The Kansas City Star.

Yost said the decision between George Kottaras and Brett Hayes will go until the last day of camp, which is Friday.

Kottaras is batting .324 (11 for 34) with three doubles, six RBI and 10 walks in 17 games. Hayes is batting .306 (11 for 36) with one double, one triple, two homers and 10 RBI in 19 games.


George Kottaras staying within himself


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2013) Royals catcher George Kottaras had a productive day at the plate in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. He went 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. Kottaras also walked twice in the 11-10 win.

Kottaras, who is vying for the backup catcher job, is 9 for 29 (.310) with six RBI through 15 spring games.

"He's one of those guys that never has a panic at-bat," manager Ned Yost said. "He always stays within himself. He always knows what he wants to do. He had a great eye at the plate, and he gives you a professional at-bat every time."

Royals claim Kottaras


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2013) Kansas City claimed recently-waived catcher George Kottaras off waivers from Oakland Friday. The Royals designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Kottaras was waived just two days after agreeing to a $1 million contract to avoid arbitration.

Kottaras designated for assignment


(1/16/2013) The A's designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment on Wednesday, the same day they acquired John Jason from the Mariners. Kottaras avoided arbitration with Oakland on Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Kottaras inks one-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2013) The A's avoided arbitration with catcher George Kottaras by agreeing to a one-year deal Monday.