KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Friday and designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment.
The 29-year-old Kottaras will compete for a backup job behind Salvador Perez in Kansas City.
Kottaras hit .220 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 249 career games with the Red Sox, Brewers and Athletics. He was acquired by Oakland on July 29 and then played in four games during the A's divisional series against the Detroit Tigers.
The 28-year-old Abreu spent most of last season at Triple-A Omaha, hitting .257 in 22 games with the big league club.
Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.
The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:
LT Trent Williams, 91
RG Brandon Scherff, 88
FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
MLB Zach Brown, 85
CB Josh Norman, 84
RB Chris Thompson, 83
WR Paul Richardson, 83
QB Alex Smith, 81
WR Jamison Crowder, 81
The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.
Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.
These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.