Blue Jays sign George Kottaras on minor league deal

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comfirms that the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with Canadian catcher George Kottaras on a minor contract. Kottaras was designated for assignment by the St.Louis Cardinals on July 26th. george kottaras signs minor-league deal with blue jays — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 7, 2014 In 14 games, Kottaras […]
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome home, Cardinals -- a mostly familiar, notably improved crew

ST. LOUIS -- You might not need a new scorecard when the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on Friday night. But if you plan to stick with your old one, you'll need a good-sized eraser. There have been some changes going on in the nine days since the Cardinals left town, and another move or two are still to come. First, bid a fond farewell to Allen Craig and Joe Kelly and say...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Reading between the lines: Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak's thoughts on the trade market

In case you missed it, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was a recent guest on Jim Bowden's "The GM's Office" video blog on  Steve Adams of has a nice synopsis of the highlights from the interview, but its worth checking out the video in its entirety.Whenever I see quotes or hear soundbites from a GM around this time of year, I always like...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards Activate Joe Kelly From 60-Day DL

CATCHER GEORGE KOTTARAS CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS; LYONS OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA); GARCIA TRANSFERRED TO 60-DAY D.L. MILWAUKEE, WI, July 11, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have activated right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly(left hamstring) from the 60-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons to Memphis (AAA).  The team also announced that...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals claim catcher Kottaras after Molina injury

MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals have claimed veteran George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their catching position following the injury to Yadier Molina. The team says Kottaras likely will be added to the 25-man roster Saturday in Milwaukee. St. Louis begins a three-game series Friday against the Brewers. Kottaras was batting .286 with three homers...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Claim Catcher George Kottaras Off Of Waivers

Without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina out of the lineup with a torn ligament in his thumb, the St. Louis Cardinals needed another backstop. Friday afternoon, the team made a move to fill the void. St. Louis claimed former Boston Red Sox catcher George Kottaras off of waivers, Jon Heyman reported. Kottaras had a .235 batting average for the Sox in 48 games during 2008 and 2009....
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian Baseball Comes to Cleveland

Tomorrow may be the Fourth of July, when Americans celebrate everything that makes this country what it is. This past Tuesday, July 1st, however, cannot be overlooked in the celebration of things Americans hold dear to their heart. Tuesday was Canada Day, and, though it is called “America’s pastime,” baseball has strong roots in the United States’ neighbor to the north....
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Udderly dominant: Kottaras wins cow-milking event

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- When it comes to cow-milking contests, Cleveland Indians catcher George Kottaras is udderly dominant. Kottaras beat Rangers reliever Robbie Ross on Saturday for the second straight year in Texas. The team recognized the state's dairy farmers before the game. The event was held in foul territory down the left-field line, and Ross got off to a good start...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Swisher to DL, Santana out with concussion so Kottaras gets another shot

The Indians put Nick Swisher on the 15-day Disabled List with his hyper-extended knee. Carlos Santana was placed on the 7-day concussion list, retroactive to the 26th. The Indians purchased the contract of George Kottaras from Columbus. Kottaras made news earlier this year with the Tribe when he homered in his first two at-bats for the Indians. He was the first player in franchise...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

5/6 Recap: Twins 2 – Indians 4

Roster Update: Josh Tomlin has been promoted to make tonight’s start and George Kottaras was the victim of the needed roster space. Kottaras was fantastic in his only start, hitting two home runs, but a third catcher is a luxury the Indians can’t afford right now and the chances are that it was just a fluke game anyway. Player of the Game Josh Tomlin was brilliant in his 2014...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bourn making progress from hamstring injury, Kottaras DFA'd

CLEVELAND -- After doing well in running drills on Tuesday, the Indians remain optimistic that Michael Bourn's left hamstring injury will keep him out only a few more days instead of longer. Bourn took some swings in the batting cage the past couple days and felt fine. He also took some fly balls in the outfield Tuesday and will run the bases on Wednesday. "We had a good...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball News & Notes Update: May 5, 2014 – George Kottaras, Wil Myers & Jay Bruce

Fantasy Sports Locker Room takes a closer look at last night’s Fantasy Baseball News and Notes from around the majors – Twitter style. Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but I thought I would start with George Kottaras anyway… Thanks to everyone out there today. Felt awesome out there. Tough loss but we’ll get ‘ em tomorrow. — George Kottaras (@GeorgeKottaras) May...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

George Kottaras makes history in first game as an Indian

CLEVELAND-- No one knows how long George Kottaras will be part of the Indians' roster but he will always be part of their record book.  The catcher became the first Cleveland player to homer in his first two plate appearances with the team but it wasn't enough as the White Sox rallied in the ninth for a 4-3 victory at Progressive Field.  Kottaras' power output is even...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Kluber and Kottaras Set Franchise Records in Tribe Loss; White Sox 4, Indians 3

Having depth is a pretty nice. With Yan Gomes on the paternity list following the birth of his first child, George Kottaras was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace him. Also, with Michael Bourn being bothered by a hamstring injury ... Read More
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Kottaras, Kluber making history for the Indians

George Kottaras was hitting .148 for the Columbus Clippers. He had two hits in 25 at-bats. On Saturday Kottaras was called up to take the spot of Yan Gomes, who was going on paternity leave. On Sunday, George hit home runs in his first two at-bats for the Indians. Two at-bats, two home runs. He became the first player in franchise history to homer in both his first two at-bats for...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians add depth by signing C Kottaras, RHP Lowe

CLEVELAND, OH -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed catcher George Kottaras and right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe to minor league contracts. Both players have been assigned to the Triple-A Columbus roster. Kottaras, 30, is a six-year Major League veteran catcher who debuted with Terry Francona's Boston Red Sox in 2008. He owns a career Major League on-base...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Opening Day (3/31) Recap: Indians 2 – Athletics 0

Roster Update: To increase organizational catching depth, the Indians signed George Kottaras today. Kottaras was the Royals back-up catcher in 2013 and batted .180/.349/.370 in 46 games. He will report to AAA Columbus, but could be a Major League option if Carlos Santana is not able to completely back-up Yan Gomes in addition to his regular duties. Player of the Game Justin Masterson...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians sign Kattaras and Lowe to minor league deals

The Cleveland Indians added veteran depth in the organization just before Opening Day by signing relief pitcher Mark Lowe and catcher George Kottaras. Kottaras has also played a couple of games at third and first base, but is primarily a catcher. It remains to be seen how much Terry Francona will use Carlos Santana to spell the recently extended Yan Gomes at catcher. Kottaras had...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians sign Kottaras, Lowe to minor league deals

The Indians have signed pitcher Mark Lowe and catcher George Kottaras to minor-league deals. Kottaras was with the Royals during spring training but was released last week. There is a chance he could get called up soon since Yan Gomes is the only listed catcher on the roster and Terry Francona has not said how many games Carlos Santana will catch. Lowe was with the Rays in spring...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: Indians sign Kottaras, finalize roster

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Sunday, March 30th. Tribe News Cleveland added Jason Giambi, Nyjer Morgan, and Scott Atchison to their 40-man roster on...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs trim roster, cut Murphy, Kottaras

With a roster deadline looming, the Cubs parted ways with utility infielder Donnie Murphy and catcher George Kottaras.
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #5

The Cubs battled former pitching prospect Andrew Cashner in Peoria on Tuesday night (they lost the early game to the Angels in the ninth).  C.J. Edwards pitched and we were disappointed that this was not a televised game (grrrr). Random Cubs news includes bits on Starlin Castro and George Kottaras: Starlin Castro says he is willing to change positions for Javier Baez if that’s...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Moves Kansas City Royals Must Try to Pull off at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings

The Kansas City Royals have taken a swift approach to the offseason thus far. So far, they signed Jason Vargas to bolster their rotation, non-tendered Chris Getz and traded catcher George Kottaras to the Chicago Cubs. Baseball’s annual conference known as the Winter Meetings will convene next week at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. Here, general...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The Royals, George Kottaras, and Cash

Back in March, I wrote about the alleged spring training positional battle story for the Royals’ backup catcher spot between George Kottaras. For all of Kottaras’ defensive liabilities, it was pretty clear he was going to be the choice to be Salvador Perez‘ caddy in 2013 since he had a clearly superior bat to Hayes that overcame his defensive issues. As a left-handed hitter...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire Kottaras, 11/26 Recap

The Chicago Cubs improved their catching depth acquiring catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for cash. He will compete with Eli Whiteside for the backup catcher role behind Wellington Castillo.
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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