The Chicago Cubs acquired backup catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for cash.
Kottaras, 30, started 29 games for the Royals last season. While the left-handed hitter batted just .180 (18-for-100) with 4 doubles, 5 home runs and 12 RBI, he also drew 24 walks and posted a .349 on-base percentage.
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Kottaras has batted .214 (148-for-692) with 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 295 major league games with Boston (2008-09), Milwaukee (2010-12), Oakland (2012) and Kansas City (2013). For his career, he has a .324 on-base percentage, and a .991 fielding percentage (13 E/1,422 TC) in 231 games behind the plate.