Brewers get reliever for Kottaras, Marcum to 60-day DL

The Brewers received right-handed reliever Fautino De Los Santos from the A’s on Sunday to complete a trade that sent catcher George Kottaras to Oakland.

Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash had been seeking a Major League landing spot for Kottaras since the Brewers designated him for assignment on Thursday, opting to keep the young Martin Maldonado as the backup catcher instead.

“My time in Milwaukee was memorable,” Kottaras told fans via his Twitter account. “Great city. Great fans. Made a lot of friends. Gonna miss it.”

De Los Santos, 26, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the team shifted right-hander Shaun Marcum to the 60-day disabled list.

De Los Santos has a 4.21 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 36 1/3 Major League innings for the A’s over the past two seasons, including 34 appearances in 2011 and six in 2012. Big league opponents batted only .220 against him last season but were 7-for-17 in very limited duty this April.

He has been at Triple-A Sacramento since then, pitching to a 7.25 ERA and a .320 opponents’ average in 28 games. De Los Santos had been pitching well in July before allowing three hits, a walk and three earned runs on Tuesday at Salt Lake City. He has not pitched since then.

“Big velocity, has struggled at times with his command, but in a deal like this it is a chance to get an upside arm,” Ash said. “They had expressed interest [in Kottaras] and we gave them a couple of names, and this was one we agreed on. Our scouts saw him and liked his arm; I know he hasn’t had great results this year but there’s some upside.”

De Los Santos will be out of options beginning next year.

Marcum, meanwhile, will now be eligible for reinstatement from the DL beginning August 14. He threw another bullpen session on Sunday, two days after a similar session did not go well. Marcum has been dealing with a tight right elbow, and his shoulder would not get loose on Friday.

When I spoke to Ash, he had yet to get word whether Sunday’s bullpen was more promising.


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