In search of some depth behind the plate, the White Sox have signed veteran catcher George Kottaras to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
He’ll compete for a roster spot with Tyler Flowers, Rob Brantly, and Adrian Neito, so there’s definitely an opportunity for the 32-year-old journeyman to stick in Chicago.
Kottaras hits for poor batting averages and struggles to throw out runners, which is why he’s bounced around so much, but he has solid power and draws lots of walks on the way to a career .737 OPS that’s above average for the position.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.