In What Passes as Breaking News, Cubs Have Acquired George Kottaras From Royals

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The Cubs have traded cash to the Kansas City Royals for George Kottaras per Jon Heyman:

Apparently, nothing is official and I'm not sure if all the media members tweeting about it are simply going off of Heyman's tweet or have their own independent verification, but it's George Kottaras, so who really gives a damn?

He's a bit better than replacement level which is about the best you can hope for out of a back-up catcher. 

He's second year arbitration eligible and he made $1 million last year. So figure he'll make, what, $1.25 million this year? Can't imagine it will be more than $2 million. Figure that plus the few hundred thousand the Cubs sent to the Royals to acquire him and he's probably a little expensive, but you're going to pay for a veteran no matter how crappy they are and they probably want a veteran back-up.  Whatever.

The Dioner Navarro Era was more fun than we thought it would be.  Maybe we'll look back on the George Kottaras Era similarly next year. Probably not.

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  1. uncle dave

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  2. Myles

    I guess I’m happy with the move, though, because it’s not expensive and won’t kill us. I didn’t want to get Salty or pay for Navarro’s regression, so good on us for that.

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  3. uncle dave

    @ Berselius:
    Said without a hint of irony or self-awareness, I’m willing to wager. Don’t get me started on what I think of the fine people of Palo Alto these days.

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  4. GBTS

    Is it pronounced “Kotter-iss” as in “Welcome back Kottaras,” or is it “Kah-taar-iss” as in “You know those Kottaras that are, like, DOUBLE Kottaras?”

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  5. Myles

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    @ Berselius:
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  6. uncle dave

    @ Myles:
    Not sure if serious, or if you’re trying to goad me into an angry rant. I’m willing to oblige either way, but might as well tailor the answer to your satisfaction…

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  7. dmick89

    I would also guess about $1.25 million.

    CAIRO has some bug that is fucking up his projection (I hope). They have it at a .357 wOBA, which there’s no way he can be projected to hit that. 1.7 WAR, but I’d disregard and wait for future versions, which will have some of these things fixed.

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  8. Myles

    uncle dave wrote:

    @ Myles:
    Not sure if serious, or if you’re trying to goad me into an angry rant. I’m willing to oblige either way, but might as well tailor the answer to your satisfaction…

    A pure goading.

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  9. uncle dave

    @ Myles:
    Yeah, just a bunch of over-entitled cunts who lack even the slightest shred of self-awareness. (I know, pot, kettle, black. Shoot me.) You know, the “Free Tibet” sticker on your E63 crowd. I’ll spare you the part about how the voters in that fine town made an ill-informed decision to threaten my professional livelihood, though.

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    When I first opened the site, I didn’t look very carefully and I thought the headline said “Cubs Have Acquired Google”

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    Berselius wrote:

    eleventy-billion: whatever the fuck that bee pie is that SVB posted

    Pretty certain those weren’t bees….but I’m not an entomologist.

    La cucaracha, la cucaracha
    Ya no puede caminar.
    Porque no tiene, porque le falta,
    Uno pie para gasta.

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