The Cubs had been rumored to be in the market for a backup catcher to current starter Welington Castillo. Now they have one.
On Tuesday, the Cubs announced they have acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.
#Cubs today acquired C George Kottaras from Kansas City for a cash consideration. Kottaras served as the Royals' back-up catcher last year.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 26, 2013
Kottaras had been designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 21.
The 30-year-old Kottaras finished the 2013 season with a line of .180/.349/.370 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 126 plate apperances for Kansas City.
In 295 games with the Boston Red Sox (2008-09), Milwaukee Brewers (2010-12), Oakland Athletics (2012) and Royals (2013), Kottaras has a line of .214/.324/.406 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI.
Kottaras will compete for the Cubs backup job in Spring Training.