The Chicago Cubs embark upon the 2014 season after an off-season that saw the team made little changes to the Major League roster. In 2014, the Cubs will hope for improvement from their position players and pitching staff after a 2013 season that saw the team lose 96 games.
George Kottaras served as the backup catcher for the Kanasas City Royals in 2013 and was one of the first free agent signings that the Cubs made this off-season. The expectation is for Kottaras to serve as the primary backup to Cubs starting catcher Welington Castillo. Kottaras will have big shoes to fill as Dioner Navarro thrived in that role last season with the Cubs.
With the Royals in 2013, Kottaras appeared in 46 games making 126 plate appearances while hitting .180/.349/.370. On the surface it would appear that Kottaras struggled in 2013, but looking beyond his slash line would prove that Kottaras was actually productive for the Royals last season. Last season, Kottaras had a wOBA of .324 to go along with wRC+ of 102. Furthermore, Kottaras had a wRAA of 1.0 runs above average last season with the Royals.
Defensively last season, Kottaras was average as well as the veteran possessed a DRS of -1 to go along with a CPP of 11 and a RPP of 0.1.
The Cubs will be looking for Kottaras to mirror the same output in 2014 while also assisting in the development of Castillo.