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:
|162 Game Avg.||162||439||370||47||82||25||1||13||47||1||1||61||88||.221||.326||.402||.728||94||149||0|
|162 Game Avg.||162||642||583||65||148||30||1||13||70||4||2||41||76||.254||.311||.377||.688||87||220||10|
|162 Game Avg.||162||648||591||81||122||8||0||24||89||24||0||57||162||.205||.275||.342||.617||70||203||0|
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.