The Cubs added a catcher to the 40-man roster on Tuesday. According to multiple reports, the Cubs acquired 30-year old veteran backup George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations according to Paul Sullivan. Kottaras is expected to complete for a back-up job in Spring Training.
The Royals designated Kottaras for assignment on Nov. 21 after he hit .180/.349/.370/.719 in 46 games last year with four doubles and five home runs.
With the addition of George Kottaras, the Cubs’ 40man roster stands at 40 players.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are familiar with George Kottaras from their days together in Boston. Kottaras played for the Red Sox in 2008 and 2009. Kottaras had his best season in the majors in 2011 with the Brewers. Kottaras hit .252/.311/.459 that season for Milwaukee.