George Kottaras
George Kottaras nets minor-league deal from White Sox
George Kottaras, C, TOR
News: The White Sox have agreed to a minor-league deal with catcher George Kottaras, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

Matt Wieters
Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters
Matt Wieters, C, BAL
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.


Brett Hayes
Indians sign four players to minor-league deals
Brett Hayes, C, CLE
News: The Indians announced Monday they signed catcher Brett Hayes, outfielder Destin Hood, catcher Adam Moore and outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands to minor-league deals. They all received invites to major-league spring training.

Dioner Navarro
Stewart: Alex Avila, Dioner Navarro could be fits for Diamondbacks
Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
News: Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Wednesday that Tigers catcher Alex Avila or Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro could be fits with the team in potential trade scenarios, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Diamondbacks moved on from Miguel Montero this week, sending the catcher to the Cubs, and Avila or Navarro could end up behind the plate as Montero's successor. The Blue Jays are likely willing to part ways with Navarro after signing Russell Martin earlier this offseason.


Alex Avila
Tigers' Avila could lose some playing time to James McCann in 2015
Alex Avila, C, DET
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated catcher Alex Avila could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015, which means more work for rookie James McCann. Avila was behind the plate for 122 games in 2014.

"It's certainly open at this point," Ausmus said, per The Detroit News. "Clearly Alex has shown he has the ability to be an everyday catcher. He works well with the pitchers, they trust him. But I also think a guy like McCann has a very bright future. I like the way he catches."

Ausmus added Avila has no health limitations after enduring several concussions last season.

"A decision on who's No. 1 or No. 2 won't be made until spring training, or even if there is a No. 1 and a No. 2," Ausmus said. "Maybe there will be a split. I can't give you a full answer. All I can say is Alex is an established big-league catcher and I really like McCann. And (Bryan) Holaday did a really nice job as a backup last season. But a decision won't be made until March."


John Jaso
John Jaso past concussion, hopes to stay with the Athletics
John Jaso, C, OAK
News: With the additions of DH Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis, there might be less playing time for Athletics catcher John Jaso in 2015 -- if he remains with the team. Even Jaso is bracing for the potential he could be traded this offseason, according to the Bay Area News Group.

"I talked to (general manager) Billy (Beane) and I don’t know anything about where I’ll be," Jaso said. "I told him I’m open to addition positions like first base and the outfield, whatever he needs, but as of right now my priority is being a catcher.

"I have no idea if I will be traded. If you’d asked me two years ago when I was with the Mariners, I would have said, 'Hell, yeah, I’m staying,’ but then I was traded. I love this organization and my teammates and I would love to stay with the A’s."

Jaso said he has been cleared to resume catching after he missed the end of the season due to a concussion.

"I think that’s ancient history now," Jaso said. "I’m moving on, starting my workouts and I’m ready to go. As of right now, I’m still planning on taking up catching again, whatever team I’m on."


Drew Butera
Angels acquire C Drew Butera from Dodgers
Drew Butera, C, LAA
News: The Angels have acquired backup catcher Drew Butera from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash consideration, per the Dodgers' official website on Tuesday. Jim Bowden of ESPN first reported the deal.

Butera slashed .188/.267/.288 with three homers and 14 RBI over 170 at-bats in 2014.


Josh Phegley
Semien among four players A's acquire in trade with White Sox
Josh Phegley, C, OAK
News: The Athletics announced Tuesday they completed a six-player trade with the White Sox. The Athletics acquired infielder Marcus Semien, pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Rangel Ravelo in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

Semien has hit .240 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 85 career games for Chicago. He was considered a top-100 prospect (No. 91) by Baseball America heading into 2014. He has appeared at second base, third base and shortstop in his MLB career.

Bassitt went 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in six outings (five starts) for the White Sox last season. He was 22-10 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 96 career appearances (44 starts) in the minors.

Phegley hit .207 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 76 games over the last two seasons for Chicago. 

Ravelo hit .309 with a .473 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 11 home runs, 37 doubles and 66 RBI in 133 games for Double-A Birmingham last season. He has a career .301/368/.424/.792 slash line. The 22-year-old Ravelo has played at both first base and third base in the minors.


Russell Martin
Blue Jays' Gibbons views Martin as 'ideal fit' for second spot in order
Russell Martin, C, TOR
News: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called recently signed catcher Russell Martin an "ideal fit" for the second spot in the team's batting order, per Gibbons said Martin fits well near the top of the order because he makes consistent contact and is coming off a season in which he had a .402 on-base percentage.

"He's a guy that everybody in the organization wanted to be able to get," Gibbons said. "That was big to set the tone ... One thing about him is he's a complete player, really good behind the plate and can really handle the bat."

Martin has just a .235 average in 79 career games batting second. However, he has a career .341 on-base percentage with 12 stolen bases out of the No. 2 spot in the order.


Salvador Perez
Yost to lessen time behind plate for Royals C Perez in 2015
Salvador Perez, C, KC
News: The Royals will seek to lighten the load of catcher Salvador Perez next season. He led the majors in 2014 with 146 games behind the plate.

"I can't catch Sal 150 games again," Ned Yost told baseball writer Matt Snyder. "I'll kill the kid."

Including the postseason, Perez caught 161 games last year.


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