With the options for Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek exercised, the Red Sox had a catcher they did not need in George Kottaras. Accordingly, Kottaras asked for a release and the Sox gave it to him, as only hours after his release, he was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers. In 45 games in '09, Kottaras hit .237 with 1 homer and 10 RBIs as he mainly caught Tim Wakefield in the first half then he was caught by the injury bug. If Kottaras was not released by the Sox, he would have not caught much between the absences of the fairly consistent Martinez and Varitek. We wish Kottaras well in Milwaukee to satisfy the Brewers' catching needs!