The Chicago Cubs need a lot of help if they want to make a serious push into the playoffs, curse aside. They have added depth to their catcher position today thanks to a trade with the Kansas City Royals.
The Cubs traded for Royals catcher Geroge Kottaras for cash considerations. According to ESPN,
Kottaras, 30, broke into the majors in 2008 with the Boston Red Sox while Cubs president Theo Epstein was the team’s general manager. Kottaras also played for Milwaukee and Oakland before spending 2013 with the Royals.
Kottaras has a career batting average of .214 with 29 home runs to go along with an 18 percent caught stealing percentage.
The Cubs obviously need a little it more help in other positions, but adding depth to the catcher spot is definitely a good start. They had to replace the spot because they might be losing the back up from last year.
Free agent Dioner Navarro was the backup last season, but after a career year is expected to sign elsewhere.