Cubs acquire catcher George Kottaras

Kottaras

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The Cubs picked up catcher George Kottaras from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday.

Kottaras, 30, served as Kansas City’s backup catcher, starting 29 games in 2013. He hit .180 in 100 at-bats with four doubles, five homers and 12 RBI. He also drew 24 walks in 126 plate appearances—the most in the majors among players with 150 plate appearances or fewer—and finished with a .349 on-base percentage.

The left-handed hitter was designated for assignment on Nov. 22. In his five-year major league career, he has a .214 average and has drawn 115 walks in 820 plate appearances (.324 on-base percentage). He previously played for Boston (2008-09), Milwaukee (2010-12), Oakland (2012) and Kansas City (2013).

The Ontario, Canada native was originally selected in the 20th round of the 2002 draft and represented Greece in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

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