October 3, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher George Kottaras (14) reacts after failing to catch a pop up by the Texas Rangers during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Claim George Kottaras; DFA Tony Abreu

On Friday afternoon, the Royals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Oakland Athletics after he’d been designated for assignment just over a week ago.

We discussed Kottaras at length when he became available and for a backup, he’s a nice pickup. According to Bob Dutton, he’ll compete with Brett Hayes for the backup catcher job. If he only had to play 30 games (assuming Salvador Perez stayed healthy all year), his defensive liabilities would be minimized but the Royals wouldn’t drop nearly as much production at the plate from the catcher position on Perez’s off days.

Kottaras is a high-walk, good-power hitter and bats left-handed. That he was claimed when the Royals seemed comfortable with Hayes previously suggests to me that he’s the favorite to backup Perez in 2013.

Tony Abreu was designated for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster for Kottaras. He gets dropped because Irving Falu has options remaining and allows for greater roster flexibility for the Royals.

Kottaras will make $1 million in 2013 after signing a contract after he and the A’s avoided arbitration prior to his designation for assignment.

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  • Marcus Meade

    Honestly, I think this is a fairly significant signing. Backup catcher is probably the most used player on the bench. So, it’s important to have one who isn’t just filling a uniform. Smart move.

  • jimfetterolf

    A left-handed Matt Treanor with more pop, actually looks like a positive pick-up.

  • jimfetterolf

    Of course, if defensive weakness can be tolerated, might be time to give Max Ramirez a shot.

  • Eric Akers

    I like this guy. I think he will get a good number of pinch hit opportunities. It looks like the Royals are willing to spend to put a well rounded roster out this year. The only position that worries me is depth in the OF.

  • Kevin Scobee

    George Kottaras almost killed me with a line drive up the middle once. 1-2 count. Thought I had ‘em. I did not.