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White Sox sign George Kottaras to minor league deal

The catcher will likely compete to be the club's backup catcher.

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Catcher George Kottaras is signing with the White Sox on a minor-league deal, according to a major-league source. Jon Heyman of first reported that the sides were nearing an agreement.

Kottaras, 31, will likely compete for the team's backup catcher job, with Adrian Nieto also in the mix for the spot behind starter Tyler Flowers. His deal with Chicago will likely include opt-out dates that can allow him to pursue major-league opportunities elsewhere if he does not make the White Sox out of spring training.

Kottaras appeared in the majors with three different organizations last season, posting a .240/.355/.600 line with three home runs and four RBI in eighteen games with the Indians, Cardinals and Blue Jays. He is a lifetime .215/.326/.411 hitter in parts of seven major league seasons with seven different clubs, being used primarily as a backup catcher with the Brewers, Athletics and Royals from 2010 to 2013.