Man oh man, the backup catcher from the Kansas City Royals..
The Cubs won't get into trying to sign last year's unexpectedly awesome backup catcher Dioner Navarro.
But they need somebody to back up Welington Castillo, so they signed George Kottoras.
Here's what it says on Cubs.com: "Kottaras, 30, was the Royals' backup catcher last season after he was claimed off waivers from the Athletics in January. He started 29 games and hit .180 with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs. Kottaras' .349 on-base percentage was sixth-highest among American League catchers."
The last line is the most awesome, but it could have been better, right?
Like, "Kottaras' .349 on-base percentage was tops among American League catchers who started 29 games in '12."
I don't know.
Maybe he'll be like unexpectedly awesome Donny Murphy and hit some unexpected dingers, because Kottaras is supposed to at least have a little pop.
But right now, the day before Thanksgiving, this signing is like canned cranberry sauce.
Right off the shelf, probably about 2 bucks.
Hey what are you gonna do - root for the Cardinals?
Didn't think so.
You're stuck just like me.
One day, my friend, the Cubs are gonna need to sign a backup catcher and it'll actually mean something to us, and we'll care about it, and we'll dissect his stats and argue about who coulda been better.
But right now?
You can't see me, but I'm shrugging.
Got a big day tomorrow so if I don't post, please have yourself the BEST Thanksgiving and while we're on that subject... at least they didn't bring back Koyie!
THANK YOU CUBS!