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A’s acquire George Kottaras from Brewers for Fautino De Los Santos

George Kottaras

Milwaukee Brewers’ George Kottaras, left, receives high-fives in the dugout after his home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


As soon as the Brewers designated George Kottaras for assignment last week the clock was ticking on a trade and sure enough it’s now official: Milwaukee has sent the veteran catcher to Oakland for reliever Fautino De Los Santos.

Kottaras makes up for a low batting average with good power and excellent plate discipline, so it’s not surprising that the A’s viewed him as a solid pickup. And given how poorly starting catcher Kurt Suzuki has played this season--and really, dating back to 2010--Kottaras has a chance to work his way into more than a typical backup role.

Milwaukee essentially chose Martin Maldonado over Kottaras as Jonathan Lucroy’s backup and getting De Los Santos in return is solid value. Injuries have sidetracked his career, but the 26-year-old former top prospect has 46 strikeouts in 36 innings as a big leaguer and has the potential to be a late-inning bullpen option.