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Erik Kratz | Catcher | #23

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Eastern Mennonite
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 29 (0) / TOR
Contract: view contract details
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Astros released C Erik Kratz.
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 16 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The veteran catcher owns a .210/.261/.381 career batting line in MLB. May 24 - 4:38 PM

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Astros designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

The Astros brought in Kratz via a trade in late February. The 35-year-old backstop saw 30 plate appearances with the major league club this season, managing just a single and a double in that space. With a career triple-slash of .210/.261/.381 in the bigs, Kratz could easily slide through waivers unclaimed.
May 16 - 12:42 PM

Astros acquired C Erik Kratz from the Padres for RHP Dan Straily.

Kratz will presumably serve as a backup to Jason Castro until Max Stassi is ready to return from hamate bone surgery. The 35-year-old is a .218/.270/.397 hitter in the majors, so don't expect any fantasy value here.
Mar 28 - 8:29 PM

Padres signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's not a great landing spot, as the Padres already have Derek Norris, Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt on the roster (although they seem likely to trade one of the first two players). Kratz hit just .192/.214/.269 in 16 games in the majors in 2015 and will be around for depth.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 01:33:00 PM

Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

The veteran backstop traveled through four organizations during the 2015 season, spending time with the Royals, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies. He appeared in just 16 games at the big league level, slashing .192/.214/.269 with three RBI. He'll look to score a minor league deal this winter with an opportunity to compete for a backup catcher job.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 08:49:00 AM

Phillies sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kratz had himself quite a ride this season. He started the year with the Royals, was subsequently designated for assignment in June before being picked up by the Red Sox, who then designated him for assignment, at which point he was picked up by the Mariners in early July, released in mid-July and signed by the Phillies on July 17. Phew. Across all of that action, he accrued five hits in 26 at-bats. He slashed .256/.351/.471 in the minors over 172 at-bats, which isn't too shabby considering his decidedly jumbled season.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kratz, who previously played with the Phillies from 2011-2013, returned to the organization in July on a minor league deal. He'll function as a third catcher down the stretch.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Phillies signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

The veteran backstop continues to bounce around from organization to organization hoping to land a backup role in the big leagues. He will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 07:52:00 PM

Mariners released C Erik Kratz.

Kratz was just signed a couple weeks ago and batted .205/.279/.308 over 10 games. The M's are reportedly close to trading for a catcher, so there appears to no longer be room for Kratz.
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 02:51:00 PM

Mariners signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

The veteran backstop elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier in the week. While he'll begin at Triple-A Tacoma, he should work his way up to the big league club in relatively short order.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 11:28:00 PM

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that the Braves and Mariners are the "frontrunners" to sign Erik Kratz.

Kratz elected free agency on Monday after clearing waivers. His defense isn't great, but the 35-year-old has some pop and wouldn't be a bad backup catcher for someone.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 06:07:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 12:02:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 08:41:00 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.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 10:51:00 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.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 02:04:00 PM

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DH1Evan Gattis
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