Ranking The ‘Why Did The Cardinals Sign AJ Pierzynski’ Theories

The Cardinals have signed AJ Pierzynski and he will join the team today in Chicago. Whoo. Boy. The dude is controversial. And he likes it that way. His nickname? Captain Chaos. His former manager’s feeling about AJ? I paraphrase here: When you play against him, you hate him. When you play with him, you hate him a little bit less. So why? Let’s see if we can’t figure this...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  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...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
4 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  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...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
18 days ago  |  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....
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Tuivailala dazzles in Springfield debut, plus other news and notes

Cardinals prospect Sam Tuivailala made his debut for Double-A Springfield on Thursday night, hurling two perfect innings in relief and striking out three Northwest Arkansas hitters. Tuivailala lit up the Hammons Field radar gun, hitting 102 mph at one point. Tuivailala was consistently hitting 98 mph with his fastball and complimenting that with an 84 mph slider. Tuivailala entered...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians acquire Chris Dickerson from Pirates

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash and selected his contract from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers roster. To make room on the 40-man roster they have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment. Dickerson, 32, has appeared in 314 Major League games over six...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians in a slump at home

As recently as two weeks ago the Indians had the best home record in the Majors, but lately Progressive Field has been more hospitable to opponents. After winning 10 straight, the Indians have dropped five of their last six here. In the past six games, they have been outscored 40-21 with opponents hitting 11 home runs. The offense has a .228 batting average, which is 23 points lower...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
23 days ago  |  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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Swisher placed on DL, Santana to concussion

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have placed catcher/infielder Carlos Santana on the 7-day Disabled List with concussion-like symptoms, retroactive to May 26 and have selected the contract of catcherGeorge Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the 40-man roster for Kottaras they have designated right-handed reliever Blake Wood for assignment. They...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 27, 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...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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...
Via Burning River Baseball
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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Tomlin recalled, is the “Summer of George” over?

The Indians had to make a roster move in order for Josh Tomlin to start tonight’s ballgame against the Twins. Before batting practice, outfielder Michael Bourn was out running for manager Terry Francona and the training staff. He later told reporters that he felt good, but was not in tonight’s starting line-up. Apparently the Indians were testing to see if he might need another...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
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...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: Oakland is looking for pitching help

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 Saturday, May 3rd. Top Stories Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicled reported that the A’s are likely to try to...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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...
Via Burning River Baseball
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...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
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
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