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Indians designate George Kottaras for assignment

Jul 7, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

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Cleveland picked up outfielder Chris Dickerson from Pittsburgh to help fill in for injured center fielder Michael Bourn and to make room for him on the roster the Indians designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.

Kottaras has bounced around a ton over the years and the Indians signed the 31-year-old after he was released by the Cubs during spring training.

When given an extended opportunity for playing time he’s generally produced well for a catcher thanks to good power and plate discipline, posting a .741 OPS in 305 career games, but Kottaras’ batting averages are usually ugly and he always struggles to throw out a decent percentage of steal attempts.

Yan Gomes started 71 of the Indians’ first 87 games behind the plate, including 31 of the past 36 games, and it’s possible the Indians feel comfortable using Carlos Santana at catcher again if needed.

  1. randomjoeblow - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Rany didn’t miss a beat to say that the Royals were stupid to release him last year. Of course, his entire thing is to talk about how much smarter he is than the Royals front office..

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