Indians designate George Kottaras for assignment

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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.

Report: Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.

Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.