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.