By Evan Brunell
The Milwaukee Brewers have made catcher George Kottaras available, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Simply by virtue of being available, Kottaras will attract the Giants' attention. The Giants continue to reel from the loss of Buster Posey and are looking for someone, anyone, to take over behind the plate.
Their new starting catcher, Eli Whiteside, has had both offensive and defensive struggles; backup Chris Stewart is a 29-year-old who entered the season with 54 total plate appearances in the majors.
Kottaras, for his part, was just recalled from the minors to serve as Jonathan Lucroy's backup. While Kottaras, 28, struggles to make regular contact with the ball, he has fantastic plate discipline as evidenced by his .220 career average and .306 OBP, generated on the strength of a .213/.306/.393 line the last two seasons with the Red Sox and Brewers, amassing 90 percent of his career plate appearances.
This season, over 34 PA, Kottaras has flashed power with two home runs and has collected nine hits for a .290/.324/.516 line. It's a very small sample size to draw conclusions from, but Kottaras has always been thought to have some home-run power in his bat. He knocked 22 balls out of the park for the Triple-A Red Sox club back in 2007, following that up with 18 long balls the next season. Kottaras hasn't gotten a chance to play much this season, but if he continues to hit, the Giants will come calling. Kottaras won't cost much in a trade as well, given how he seems to have fallen out of favor in Milwaukee.
The Giants could opt to stay internal, however.
They recently promoted catcher Hector Sanchez, 21, all the way from high-Class A to Triple-A. In eight games at Triple-A, Sanchez is hitting .310/.375/.448 and, if he keeps that up, will earn a promotion as the Giants are high on him.
Even with a Sanchez promotion, the Giants could still strike for Kottaras as the club has been rumored to be looking for two catchers.
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