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Blue Jays sign George Kottaras

Aug 7, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Released by the Cardinals when they signed A.J. Pierzynski, journeyman catcher George Kottaras has joined the Blue Jays on a minor-league contract.

Kottaras has a solid .740 career OPS in 309 games, which is actually above average for a starting catcher and very strong for a backup, but his poor defense and low batting averages have caused him to endlessly bounce around from organization to organization.

Since the end of last season he’s been with the Royals, Cubs, Indians, Cardinals, and now Blue Jays, and previously the 31-year-old also played for the A’s, Padres, Red Sox, and Brewers.

For now he’ll head to Triple-A, where Kottaras has logged 1,124 career plate appearances in parts of six different seasons.

  1. gonderfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Good news! I’m a Jays fan now.

    • shadowshand - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Thanks, George.

  2. gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Eventually, we’ll replace the term “journeyman” with “Kottaras”, as in, “He’s a Kottaras infielder acquired to back up at short and second.”

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Not surprised at all. He is a decent player and is from Toronto.

  4. randomjoeblow - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Somewhere, Rany is trying to figure out how to write 90,000 words about why Kottaras should be the starting catcher for the World Series winning team..

  5. drewzducks - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Meanwhile, JPA has been tearing the cover off the ball. Leads the majors in RBI since the All Star break and tied for the HR lead during that time in which he’s played C and a respectable 1B.

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