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Trade coming? Brewers activate Jonathan Lucroy, designate George Kottaras for assignment

Jul 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

George Kottaras AP

In making room for starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy‘s return from the disabled list the Brewers designated backup catcher George Kottaras for assignment.

That means Milwaukee has decided to stick with Martin Maldonado as Lucroy’s new backup, but it’s unlikely that they’d be willing to simply let Kottaras go for nothing via waivers. Instead, expect the Brewers to trade him before Tuesday’s deadline, in which case designating him for assignment simply removes Kottaras from the 40-man roster in the meantime.

Officially they have 10 days to trade, waive, or release Kottaras, but since the trade deadline is only five days away the DFA likely won’t impact anything.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Most boring trade deadline ever…

    • number42is1 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Ichiro was pretty interesting

    • Bryz - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      We still have 5 days to go. Chill out.

  2. uwsptke - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I guess they’ll have to trade Wolf too since they just DFA’s his personal catcher.

    • bougin89 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Hopefully, I think they call that addition by subtraction?

    • brewcrewchamps - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      We could only hope to be so lucky.

      Since luck is part of it, I’m guessing the crew is stuck with Wolf.

  3. runyetirun - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Nats are looking for some stablility at catcher. Maybe they can trade the Crew a note that says “Nyjer, LOL. What did we tell you? Seriously though, no backsies”

    • natslady - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Is there any limit on how soon you can DFA a guy after you trade for him, y’know, like the day after? We could save the Brewers the trouble and they would really OWE us!

  4. arrooo - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Kottaras and KRod to the Mets for crap

  5. felser - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Lost in the article and comments is that Kottaras has suddenly mastered the strike zone this season and has an OBP over .400. I’d take him in a heartbeat as a backup C in Philly.

    • uwsptke - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      His walk rate is way up there this year. Prior to this year, he walked once every 7.8 AB’s, but this year his rate is once every 3. He’s put up at least a 700 OPS each year in Milwaukee, but he’s clearly the 3rd best catcher on the roster when you take his defense into account.

  6. dadawg77 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Package him with Zach to the White Sox as AJ might be heading the DL.

  7. sportfan23 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Jays could use him

  8. jdl1325 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    To the Rays for Wade Davis

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