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Let George Kottaras Play!

After being designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians today, catcher George Kottaras finds himself without a job for the second time in a little over a month.  Released by the Chicago Cubs in late March, Kottaras is a surprisingly underrated player that just can’t seem to catch a break and stick as a backup with a big league team.   In Kottaras’ first and final game with Cleveland on Saturday, he slugged two home runs and drew a walk but was released after starting catcher Yan Gomes returned from paternity leave.

When Kottaras is given the opportunity to play, he’s actually quite effective.  In 462 Plate appearances over the last 4 seasons, Kottaras has posted a respectable .218/.343/.434 triple-slash line with 21 Home Runs, 64 RBI, and a 111 OPS+.  Those are hardly the numbers of a player that doesn’t at least deserve a major league back up job.  Perhaps the low batting average is killing his value, but try to name any backup catcher that hits above .270?  J.P. Arencibia has posted a .188/.224/.354 line with 22 home runs and a 55 OPS+ over his last 545 plate appearances, yet he has greater job security than Kottaras? Hopefully the former Indian won’t be unemployed for long as no hitter this solid deserves to find a red tag in their locker…

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