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Storylines: Indians send Hynes to Dodgers

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, April 6th. Tribe News The Indians traded lefty reliever Colt Hynes to the Dodgers for Minor League pitcher Duke...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
10 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB rumors: Athletics and Indians sign major league players to minor league deals

Before heading into their opening day match up versus one another, the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians each signed a former big-leaguer to minor league deals. Joe Blanton, a first round pick of the Athletics back in 2002, finds his way back into the organization after spending 6 years between the Phillies, Dodgers, and Angels. The Indians signed catcher George Kottaras...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
16 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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.
Via cubs.scout.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Baker wins job; Olt should be next

The Chicago Cubs named John Baker as the backup catcher and cleared two players from their 40-man roster by giving catcher George Kottaras his unconditional release and losing Donnie Murphy to the Texas Rangers in a waiver claim. Kottaras signed a one-year deal with the Cubs over the winter after being acquired in a trade with Kansas City but lost out in the battle to be Welington...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  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...
Via World Series Dreaming
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Assume the Position: C

It's the second annual (holy ****, I've been blogging over a year) installment of Assume the Position! I don't plan on making many changes since last year, though I imagine I'll have to edit these a bit as the last few signings or so trickle in. The one thing I will do is just remove the players that aren't on the team this year (sometimes there were people that...
Via Obstructed View
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Small offseason moves adding up BIG for Chicago Cubs

Critics might argue that if the Chicago Cubs’ offseason were a tree falling in an unpopulated forest it would not make a sound.  The Cubs have not made a major splash in free agency like the Seattle Mariners did when they signed former Yankees second baseman  Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract; or the Yankees did when they penned former Braves catcher Brian McCann...
Via The Sports Bank
December 20, 2013  |  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...
Via i70baseball
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs sign George Kotarras and other notes

The Cubs have signed backup catcher George Kottaras.  George Kottaras settles with #cubs. $1.075M plus incentives. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2013 The Cubs acquired Kottaras the other day and Myles wrote about him shortly thereafter.  When you combine a poor batting average with an a noodle at backstop, you can make the case that Kottaras should linger in AAA...
Via Obstructed View
December 02, 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...
Via Fangraphs
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.
Via cubs.scout.com
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Better Know A Cub: George Kottaras

George Kottaras and Theo Epstein have a history. Acquired in 2006 for 5 starts of David Wells, Kottaras spent the first few years of his career as a top catching prospect, with great patience, moderate pop, and the ability to play passable defense. As time took hold of George, he lost most of those talents, and all of his star power with them. What's left is a guy who walks and...
Via Obstructed View
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs acquire George Kottaras

Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Chicago Cubs had reached an agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a trade. The deal sends veteran catcher George Kottaras to the Cubs, and the Royals received cash in return. Kottaras has spent most of his major league career playing in a backup/platoon role. He adds a left handed bat for the Cubs, and my guess is that he will be on...
Via isportsweb.com
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs acquire George Kottaras

Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Chicago Cubs had reached an agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a trade. The deal sends veteran catcher George Kottaras to the Cubs, and the Royals received cash in return. Kottaras has spent most of his major league career playing in a backup/platoon role. He adds a left handed bat for the Cubs, and my guess is that he will be on...
Via isportsweb.com
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs acquire George Kottaras

Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Chicago Cubs had reached an agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a trade. The deal sends veteran catcher George Kottaras to the Cubs, and the Royals received cash in return. Kottaras has spent most of his major league career playing in a backup/platoon role. He adds a left handed bat for the Cubs, and my guess is that he will be on...
Via isportsweb.com
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs acquire George Kottaras

Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Chicago Cubs had reached an agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a trade. The deal sends veteran catcher George Kottaras to the Cubs, and the Royals received cash in return. Kottaras has spent most of his major league career playing in a backup/platoon role. He adds a left handed bat for the Cubs, and my guess is that he will be on...
Via isportsweb.com
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire catcher Kottaras from Royals for cash consideration

The Chicago Cubs have acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for a cash consideration. The 30-year-old Kottaras served as Kansas City's backup catcher last season after being claimed off waivers from Oakland in January. He played in 46 games, hitting .180 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. He is a .214 hitter with 29 home runs and 96 RBIs over 295 major...
Via AP on Fox
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals trade Kottaras to Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for a cash consideration. The 30-year-old Kottaras served as Kansas City's backup catcher last season after being claimed off waivers from Oakland in January. He played in 46 games, hitting .180 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. He is a .214 hitter with 29 home runs and 96 RBIs over...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire backup catcher Kottaras from Royals

The Chicago Cubs acquired backup catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for cash and will give him a chance to win a spot in spring training. Kottaras, 30, hit .180 with five home runs in 100 at-bats for the Royals last year, and is a career .214 hitter with the Brewers, Red Sox and A's. Kottaras was designated for assignment by the Royals and would...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

In What Passes as Breaking News, Cubs Have Acquired George Kottaras From Royals

The Cubs have traded cash to the Kansas City Royals for George Kottaras per Jon Heyman: catcher George Kottaras has been traded to the #cubs — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 26, 2013 Apparently, nothing is official and I'm not sure if all the media members tweeting about it are simply going off of Heyman's tweet or have their own independent verification, but it...
Via Obstructed View
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

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