Cubs acquire George Kottaras from Royals

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Designated for assignment by the Royals last week, catcher George Kottaras has been traded to the Cubs for cash considerations.

Kottaras has posted some ugly batting averages over the years, including .180 in 46 games this past season, but he draws lots of walks with decent power and has topped a .700 OPS in four straight years. For a left-handed-hitting backup catcher that’s very solid production and he’ll likely play a couple times per week for Chicago behind starter Welington Castillo.

John Axford has a small break in his fibula

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Dodgers reliever John Axford was deemed “unavailable” before last night’s game against the Giants. After the game it was revealed that he will miss up to three weeks due to a break in the tip of his fibula he suffered when he was hit by a comebacker on Sunday. It’s being characterized as a “crack.”

As if the Dodgers need more injuries and/or maladies, especially to their beleaguered bullpen.

Axford was acquired by L.A. at the trade deadline and, with Kenley Jansen out indefinitely, it was thought that he could get some opportunities to close. Now that’s out the window at least into September, it seems.