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Royals claim catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics

Jan 25, 2013, 3:16 PM EST

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The Royals announced this afternoon that they have claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Athletics. Kottaras was designated for assignment last week after Oakland acquired John Jaso from the Mariners in the three-team Michael Morse deal.

Some speculated that the catching-starved Yankees should have put in a claim, but because the Royals finished at 72-90 last year, they had a higher waiver priority. Kottaras signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Oakland earlier this month to avoid arbitration, so the Royals will now be responsible for his 2013 salary.

Kottaras, 29, batted .211/.351/.415 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .766 OPS over 85 games last season between the Brewers and Athletics. He figures to serve as Salvador Perez‘s primary backup this year.

  1. missthemexpos - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Has there ever been an off season where so many catchers have moved around, some multiple times?

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Oh, Look Brian! Another catcher transaction

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      As he was “Designated For Assignment”, the Yankees could have tried to trade for him if they wished. It would not have cost them very much, if they had wanted him.

      • cackalackyank - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Yup exactly…I am being sarcastic….seeing as how Cashman really thinks he has the catching thing solved in house.

  3. felser - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    His OPS looks awfully good for a catcher – is he a stiff defensively? Why is he not valued more highly?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      He does not throw out a lot of base runners. I understand that he is OK behind the plate, but I may be wrong on this point. He is from Toronto, but for some reason is not on Canada’s WBC roster.

      • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Yeah, his caught stealing percentage is well below average. He’s a good catcher, but not a good thrower.

        As far as hitting is concerned, he’s not bad. He’s got a terrible average, but very good plate discipline and some pop.

  4. albertmn - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    As someone who lived though the 80′s, I can’t help but think they are saying “keytarist” every time they say his name. Keytarist, as in one who plays the keytar. Those under 35 may have to google it.

  5. Tyree Studio - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Good pickup for KC as long as Ned doesn’t play him more than he should. Spell Perez one day a week.

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