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Athletics, George Kottaras avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 14, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

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The Athletics announced late this afternoon that they have avoided arbitration with catcher George Kottaras by agreeing to a one-year contract. Terms aren’t yet available.

Kottaras was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. The 29-year-old earned $700,000 last season while hitting .211/.351/.415 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .766 OPS over 85 games between the Brewers and Athletics. He threw out 19 percent (5-for-26) of attempted basestealers.

Derek Norris figures to get most of the playing time behind the plate in 2013, so Kottaras will function as his backup. However, his power and patience is pretty useful to have around.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    For now, he is not on Canada’s WBC team. I wonder if he will be added to the roster now that he has a contract.

  2. sharksfan754 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I prefer him over “no hit” Norris.

  3. APBA Guy - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    One of these two guys will have to step up offensively at catcher to help cover the expected regression from other spots in the lineup.

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