Brewers working on Kottaras deal is reporting a nifty pair of moves that allow the Brewers to give catcher George Kottaras a big-league job without losing all of their catching depth.

Kottaras, designated for assignment on Thursday, was close to being traded to the A’s, according to the website. And the Brewers signed another experienced catcher, Humberto Quintero, to a Minor League deal.

We just spoke briefly in the clubhouse with Kottaras, who said he was informed something was in the works but had not been finalized. A Brewers front official confirmed that the deal was not done yet.

So, stay tuned. Kottaras, a big-time fitness buff, was going to have one last workout at Miller Park while awaiting word on his destination. If he is indeed traded, it’s a nice move by Brewers general manager Doug Melvin took keep an established player in the big leagues.

Qunitero is 32 and a veteran of 10 Major League seasons with the Padres, Astros and Royals. He batted .232 in 43 games with Kansas City this season before that team released him before the All-Star break. He would provide some experienced catching depth in the wake of Kottaras’ departure.


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