Royals claim catcher George Kottaras on waivers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals have added some catching depth prior to spring training. The team claimed catcher George Kottaras on outright waivers from Oakland.

The 29-year-old split the 2012 season between Milwaukee and Oakland. He hit .211 with nine home runs over 85 games. He has hit .220 over his career with 24 home runs and 84 RBI in 249 Major League games. Kottaras played for the Red Sox prior to joining Milwaukee.

Kansas City designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Abreu hit .257 over 22 games with the Royals in 2012.

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