Indians sign Kottaras and Lowe to minor league deals

The Cleveland Indians added veteran depth in the organization just before Opening Day by signing relief pitcher Mark Lowe and catcher George Kottaras.

Kottaras has also played a couple of games at third and first base, but is primarily a catcher. It remains to be seen how much Terry Francona will use Carlos Santana to spell the recently extended Yan Gomes at catcher. Kottaras had a relatively uneventful spring with the Chicago Cubs and did not make the roster.

He does however, have an awesome dog.

Lowe threw 10+ innings for the Tampa Rays this spring and gave up a single run. He had a brutal 2013 for the Angels. Chalk this up to the Indians throwing as many arms on the pile as possible, hoping that they catch lightning in a bottle with a couple.

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  • Kildawg

    Both are solid signings for the club and will help the youngsters in Columbus to start. I would expect Kottaras to get the call if Chisenhall scuffles or if someone gets injured since he would be a true backup catcher and a lefty bat off the bench. M. Lowe could help the pen in case one of those guys gets hurt, hopefully he would perform better than the other Lowe that pitched for the Tribe a few years ago.

  • Harv 21

    My immediate thought is that Kottaras is another Mr. Flexibility who would free them to trade or demote Chiz. If they think Kottaras is an upgrade at back-up catcher to Luke Carlin or Treanor thay can install Carlos at third full time with Aviles backing him up. Or Kottaras can back up Santana at third.

    In any case, I still don’t see a ton of playing time for Lonnie, so not sure how they’ll conduct the fish-or-cut-bait evaluation of him which should be imminent.

  • Greg Popelka

    I still think Chiz will play as much as his bat demands. If he’s hitting, he’ll play a lot. The alternative would have been using him vs. righties in a platoon- but if the light goes on, he can sieze 3B full time. Hope so.