On Friday, the KC Royals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Oakland A’s. The addition of Kottaras gives the Royals seven catchers in camp this spring, three on the 40-man roster.
Kottaras began last season with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was then traded to the A’s in July. Down the stretch with the American League West winning A’s, he hit six home runs and drove in 19 in 27 games. Overall, he hit just .211.
After the A’s acquired John Jaso last week, Kottaras became expendable.
To add Kottaras to the 40-man roster, the Royals designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment. I guess that means veteran Miguel Tejada is a little closer to the back up infielder job.