The Chicago Cubs made their first notable acquisition of the off-season on Tuesday.
The Cubs and Kansas City Royals agreed to a trade on Tuesday in where the Cubs will send cash considerations to the Royals in exchange for veteran catcher George Kottaras.
With the Royals last season, Kottaras appeared in 46 games while hitting .180/.349/.370 to go along with 5 home runs and 12 RBIs. Kottaras will turn 31 next may.
Kottaras will likely be the backup to Welington Castillo next season. Last season, Dioner Navarro thrived as the backup catcher for the Cubs. Navarro is a free agent this winter and his performance in 2013 priced him outside of the Cubs range.
There was speculation that the Cubs may be interested in one of the top tier free agent catchers this winter, but the acquisition of Kottaras should thwart those rumors. Those rumors were based on the idea that the Cubs would be trading Castillo this winter. While it is entirely possible that Castillo could be traded and the Cubs could pursue a catcher like Jarrod Saltalamacchia, it is an idea that has been nothing more than speculation at this point.
Kottaras will not be the biggest acquisition made by the Cubs this off-season with the winter meetings two weeks away, but the team filled a vacancy at the backup catcher position with the trade.