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Cubs acquire catcher George Kottaras from Royals

FILE - In this June 1 2013 file phoKansas City Royals' George Kottaras celebrates his two-run double during 10th inning

FILE - In this June 1, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals' George Kottaras celebrates his two-run double during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The Chicago Cubs have acquired Kottaras on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, from the City Royals for a cash consideration. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Updated: November 26, 2013 5:43PM



The Cubs acquired catcher George Kottaras Tuesday from Kansas City for cash considerations in a deal that could provide a back-up to starting catcher Welington Castillo.

Kottaras, 30, was the Royals back-up catcher last season, coming from Oakland in a waiver deal in January. The left-handed hitting catcher started 29 games, hitting .180 with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI. He also drew 24 walks in 126 plate appearances, the most in the majors for players with fewer than 150 plate appearances.

That contributed to his .349 on-base percentage, sixth highest among American League catchers who played in at least 40 games.

Kottaras was designated for assignment by the Royals last Friday.

He is another player who previously played for Cubs president Theo Epstein in Boston (2008-09). He also played for Milwaukee (2010-12) and Oakland (2012).

Kottaras hit for the cycle on Sept. 3 at Houston while a member of the Brewers, only the third catcher to do so since 1920.



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