MILWAUKEE -- Two days after designating him for assignment, the Brewers were close to trading catcher George Kottaras to the A's on Saturday. While the Brewers took batting practice, Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said that no deal was official, and would not say whether Oakland would return a player or cash in a deal for Kottaras. It's possible that the A's were focused on another trade in advance of Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Melvin had promised on Thursday to seek a Major League job for Kottaras, who spent most of the past three seasons in Milwaukee. He has been working out at Miller Park with the Brewers while team officials determine his destination.
The Brewers did make another catching-related transaction official, signing Humberto Quintero to a Minor League deal. Qunitero is 32 and a veteran of 10 Major League seasons with the Padres, Astros and Royals. He batted .232 in 43 games with Kansas City this season before they released him before the All-Star break. He will report to Triple-A Nashville, and provides some experienced catching depth to offset Kottaras' pending departure.