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Royals designate catcher George Kottaras for assignment

Nov 21, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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After signing left-hander Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract this afternoon, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Kottaras was claimed off waivers from the Athletics last winter and played sparingly this past season with Salvador Perez carrying most of the load behind the plate. The 30-year-old appeared in a total 46 games (29 starts) and hit just .180/.349/.370 with five home runs and 12 RBI over 126 plate appearances.

Kottaras has some power and a knack for getting on base, so he could be a useful part-time catcher depending on where he ends up next.

  1. dhalb34 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I could see Oakland bringing him back and designating him to Sacramento. They liked him enough to trade for him last season.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Being designated for assignment by the Royals is like being dumped by Paris Hilton for being too dumb.

    • dawgpoundmember - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Or being promoted to head burger flipper at Burger King.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        Nah…. That’s akin to being named team mvp of the Mets.

    • jvandever007 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Lmao nicely put sir

  3. drewsylvania - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    He’ll be selecting his next uni in about 20 minutes.

  4. eightyraw - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    What are the Royals doing? Why dump a backup catcher that provides league-average offense?

    • dan1111 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      It makes one wonder how far they look beyond batting average. He hit .180 last season and just .214 for his career, which looks quite bad–until you consider his ability to get on base and provide a bit of power.

      The Vargas signing is similar: on the surface, his ERA of 3.97 over the last four years looks pretty good. But once you adjust for ballpark and the reduced offense recently, it is below average.


    • sportsdrenched - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Kottaras was a fan favorite because he DID get on base, and thus helped prove that advance metrics are indeed worth something. (nevermind the multiple playoff apperances & World Series titles by teams that DO use advance metrics) And for that he must be banished from the kingdom. And instead Chris Getz, the team leader in Grit and doing things the “right way”, and making outs must be kept around.

      • randomjoeblow - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        You’re making your point very well. I am convinced.

  5. mottershead1972 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    This is news?

    • dan1111 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM


    • sportsdrenched - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      I guess, I mean you clicked on the story AND commented on it. It’s not like this is a print newsletter or anything. Where you would have no choice but to read what was put in front of you. After all, we’re a good 15-20 into the major proliferation of the internet. You would think by now that if a story of wasn’t of interest to some folks…that they just wouldn’t click on that story.

  6. ud1951 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    A 719 OPS hitting a buck eighty is pretty rare. He should find work somewhere.

    • randomjoeblow - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      He got on base (kind of)! The Royals are stupid! That’s kind of what happens when there are Royals stories on here..

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