It looks like the A’s have made their first move of the deadline, acquiring catcher George Kottaras from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Kottaras, a career .221 hitter, is hitting .209 this season in 116 plate appearances with three long balls.

The Brewers receive reliever Fauntino de los Santos in the deal, according to Susan Slussler.

It is unclear how this move will affect incumbent Oakland catchers Kurt Suzuki and Derek Norris.

Here’s what manager Bob Melvin has to work with now at catcher:

George Kottaras:

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB HBP
2012 29 58 116 86 10 18 4 0 3 12 0 0 29 24 .209 .409 .360 .769 109 31 0
5 Yrs 222 601 507 65 112 34 2 18 65 2 1 83 121 .221 .326 .402 .728 94 204 0
162 Game Avg. 162 439 370 47 82 25 1 13 47 1 1 61 88 .221 .326 .402 .728 94 149 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2012.

Kurt Suzuki:

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB HBP
2012 28 72 264 249 18 53 12 0 1 17 1 0 9 50 .213 .247 .273 .520 44 68 3
6 Yrs 700 2773 2517 282 639 131 4 57 301 16 9 176 330 .254 .311 .377 .688 87 949 44
162 Game Avg. 162 642 583 65 148 30 1 13 70 4 2 41 76 .254 .311 .377 .688 87 220 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2012.

Derek Norris:

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB HBP
2012 23 20 80 73 10 15 1 0 3 11 3 0 7 20 .205 .275 .342 .617 70 25 0
1 Yr 20 80 73 10 15 1 0 3 11 3 0 7 20 .205 .275 .342 .617 70 25 0
162 Game Avg. 162 648 591 81 122 8 0 24 89 24 0 57 162 .205 .275 .342 .617 70 203 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2012.

 

A week ago, it would have been much more likely the A’s would trade for a catcher. Derek Norris was slumping big time going hitless in over 30 at-bats. But he’s picked it up in the last few games with some big hits, including a big home run against the Blue Jays. Norris is still young with a bright future, so maybe the A’s feel moving him back down to Sacramento will be good for his long-term career, assuming the A’s will continue to carry only two catchers.

Suzuki has struggled all year. Kottaras isn’t an upgrade over Suzuki offensively, and their fielding numbers are very similar with Suzuki averaging a .996 fielding percentage and Kottaras sporting a career mark of .995. However, it is possible the A’s will attempt to move Suzuki to ultimately clear the way for Norris long-term.

Kottaras isn’t a big move for Oakland, but he provides depth and flexibility at the catcher position and could open up some possibilities for the A’s.