Minor Moves: Joe Saunders, George Kottaras, Matt Guerrier

Here are the day’s minor moves:

  • Lefty Joe Saunders has been released, the Royals announced on Twitter. Saunders opted out of his minor league deal, reports Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (Twitter link). The 33-year-old lefty will presumably now look for his fourth organization of the year.
  • The Cardinals have released catcher George Kottaras after designating him for assignment to create room for the addition of A.J. Pierzynski, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com (via Twitter). Kottaras, 31, saw just six plate appearances for the Cardinals but owns a .269/.375/.615 slash on the year through just 33 plate appearances.
  • Twins reliever Matt Guerrier has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, but will elect free agency rather than accepting the assignment, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Guerrier could hold appeal to contenders as a depth piece, particularly on a minor league deal. The veteran righty has produced a solid 3.86 ERA in 28 innings, but has struck out just 3.9 batters per nine.


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7 Comments on "Minor Moves: Joe Saunders, George Kottaras, Matt Guerrier"


sherrilltradedooverexperience
1 year 1 month ago

dodgers need to check him out

Tyler Claus Coners
1 year 1 month ago

I honestly think DFAing him was a mistake. He was really solid for us. So much for the reunion..

alexamato
1 year 1 month ago

Another guy I don’t get why was DFA’d

Dodgerz88
1 year 1 month ago

Let the Giants get him, that would probably push Neddy to pull the trigger for Price.

Dodgerz88
1 year 1 month ago

Let the Giants get him, that would probably push Neddy to pull the trigger for Price.

Jacob Viets
1 year 1 month ago

3.9 K/9? Must be a new Twins record!

Matt Bennett
1 year 1 month ago

I think George Kottaras is very underrated, considering how many different teams have given up on him. His 0.4 Defensive WAR suggest he’s an average defender. As for the brutal batting average, yes, he will probably hit around the Mendoza Line, but the dude walks like crazy. Wasn’t that the whole point of the Moneyball frenzy; that batting average was just a component of on-base percentage? He has a career .740 OPS, which is equivalent to Salvador Perez’s 2014 season. From 2011 to now, his OPS has been .771. Why doesn’t this guy get a secure platoon job on a team?