Pina agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. This was Pina's first arbitration-eligible offseason, so he will be making seven figures for the first time in his career. Perhaps more noteworthy, however, is the fact the Brewers signed Yasmani Grandal earlier in the week. This pushes Pina to a clear backup role for 2019, limiting his fantasy relevance to NL-only leagues and deep two-catcher mixers.
Pina is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers. Pina will sit for the second straight game as Erik Kratz gets another start behind the plate. The two catchers continue to split time, with Kratz holding the edge with 14 starts compared to Pina's 10 in September.
Pina is out of the lineup against St. Louis on Wednesday. Pina will head to the bench for a standard day off after going 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored during Tuesday's victory. Erik Kratz will catch Jhoulys Chacin and bat seventh in the series finale.
Pina went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's victory over the Reds. Pina has ceded a lot of starts to Erik Kratz in September, and his four at-bats Wednesday raise his total to just 26 this month. The two have worked in a pattern since Sept. 1 with Pina starting two games and Kratz starting the next three, so with Pina starting the last two games, there's a good chance Kratz will be behind the dish when the Brewers next play Friday night.
Pina sits for the second game in a row Monday against the Cubs. Erik Kratz starts over Pina for the fifth time in seven games. Pina is hitless over his last two games, but Kratz is hitless over his last five. That said, Kratz has had some big hits in big spots over the last few weeks and is an excellent pitch framer. The two should see roughly the same amount of playing time down the stretch, but Kratz appears to have a slight edge at the moment.