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Erik Kratz | Catcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
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 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. Oct 10 - 8:49 AM

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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.
Oct 7 - 4:48 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.
Sep 1 - 10:00 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.
Jul 17 - 7:52 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.
Jul 15 - 2:51 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.
Jul 2 - 11:28 PM

Robert Murray of 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.
Jun 30 - 6:07 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.
Jun 29 - 12:02 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.
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

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