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Erik Kratz | Catcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Erik Kratz has elected to become a free agent.
He went unclaimed on waivers after the Red Sox designated him for assignment last week. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports suggests the Mariners could be interested. The 35-year-old has appeared in four major league games this season, all with Kansas City. Jun 29 - 12:02 PM

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Red Sox sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 35-year-old was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Red Sox, just a few days after being claimed off waivers from the Royals. He'll continue to provide organizational catching depth for the Red Sox.
Jun 28 - 8:41 PM

Red Sox designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

Kratz was only with the Red Sox for a handful of days and did not make a plate appearance. The 35-year-old catcher was claimed off waivers from the Royals on Sunday.
Jun 25 - 10:51 AM

Red Sox claimed C Erik Kratz off waivers from the Royals.

Kratz isn't a very good defensive catcher but does offer nice pop as a backup. His stay in Boston could be brief with Ryan Hanigan (hand) due back from the disabled list soon.
Jun 21 - 2:04 PM

Royals activated C Erik Kratz from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

Kratz is recovered from his recent spell of plantar fasciitis, but the Royals will stick with Drew Butera as the backup to starting catcher Salvador Perez. Kratz, 34, is a .217/.270/.400 career hitter in 180 major league games. He will probably pass through waivers.
Jun 11 - 12:42 PM

Erik Kratz (foot) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Kratz, who is nursing plantar fasciitis in his foot, has resumed baseball activities. "It just takes time to get that [plantar fasciitis] out of there," Royals trainer Nick Kenney said. Kratz could return before the end of the month.
May 19 - 10:50 PM

Royals placed C Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a foot injury.

It's not clear how long Kratz will be sidelined. He has logged just five plate appearances (and zero hits) this season as the backup to catcher Salvador Perez.
May 6 - 4:53 PM

Erik Kratz went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League contest with the White Sox.

The homer was Kratz's second of the spring. The catcher, who will likely open the season as Salvador Perez's primary backup, is hitting .280 with three RBI in 25 spring at-bats.
Mar 21 - 7:10 PM

Erik Kratz entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit two solo home runs in his only two plate appearances in Monday's win against the Twins.

The home runs were Kratz's first two as a Royal after joining the team in a July 28 trade with the Blue Jays. Kratz's first home run extended the Royals' lead to 4-0 in the seventh, and his second came in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Including his time with the Jays, Kratz has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a .234/.258/.426 slash line in 97 plate appearances.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:35:00 PM

Royals acquired C Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays in exchange for 3B Danny Valencia.

Kratz has hit .198/.226/.346 with three homers over 34 games for the Jays this season. He's show pop in his career with 21 homers over 501 plate appearances and is likely to take over as Salvador Perez's primary backup.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays are expected to make multiple roster moves in advance of Tuesday's game. Kratz has hit .198 with three homers and a .572 OPS over 84 plate appearances with the Jays this season.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 02:26:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz has hit .221/.254/.382 with three homers in 71 plate appearances this season for the Jays. He's not going to receive much playing time.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 01:36:00 AM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz has hit .221/.254/.382 in 71 plate appearances this season as a backup catcher for the Blue Jays.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 02:07:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

He's replacing Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the bereavement list. Kratz will share time behind the plate with Josh Thole.
Wed, May 14, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays also placed Sergio Santos (elbow) on the disabled list while calling up right-hander Chad Jenkins and infielder Jonathan Diaz. Kratz is hitting .231 (6-for-26) with two home runs and six RBI in 11 games with the Blue Jays this season.
Mon, May 12, 2014 04:06:00 PM

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