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9 George Kottaras C
Height/Weight: 6-0/202 | Birthdate: 5/10/1983 | Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: Connors State Coll. OK (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $1,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 588.40

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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.