A’s trade reliever Fautino De Los Santos to Brewers for catcher George Kottaras

The A’s acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday for reliever Fautino De Los Santos.

Kottaras, 29, will report to Oakland on Monday, when the A’s will make their corresponding roster move.
News surfaced Saturday that the wheels were in motion on a trade. That the A’s dealt De Los Santos, a hard-throwing right-hander who was in the mix to be their closer during spring training, speaks to the depth of young relievers they have.

De Los Santos, 26, impressed in his big league time last season. He made this year’s opening day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on April 25. He struggled with the River Cats, posting a 7.25 ERA in 28 games, and with the emergence of rookies Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle in the bullpen, not to mention Jordan Norberto and Jerry Blevins taking on bigger roles, De Los Santos dropped on the bullpen totem pole.

Kottaras hit .209 with three homers and 12 RBIs in part-time duty for Milwaukee before being designated for assignment Thursday. Unless veteran Kurt Suzuki is dealt in a trade by Monday, it’s likely that rookie catcher Derek Norris will be sent down. Kottaras is a left-handed hitter who could offer a platoon behind the plate if the A’s desire.

Joe Stiglich