Kratz signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Saturday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Kratz appeared in four games for the Yankees back in 2017. The 38-year-old is nearing the end of his big-league career, if he hasn't reached it already. He's hit .102/.170/.204 in 21 games for the Giants and Rays this season, good for a wRC+ of 0. He'll serve as organizational depth in New York.
Kratz cleared waivers and was released by the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kratz was designated for assignment last week and will make his way to free agency after going unclaimed on waivers. The 38-year-old is slashing .102/.170/.204 with 53 plate appearances between the Giants and Rays this season.
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday. Kratz is no longer needed with Mike Zunino (quadriceps) back from the injured list. The 38-year-old has gotten into 21 games with the Giants and Rays this season, but his .102/.170/.204 slash line may not be enough for him to find work with a third team.
Kratz has been traded from the Giants to the Rays for a player to be named later, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kratz was designated for assignment by San Francisco on Monday, and he's now headed for Tampa Bay, who desperately needs veteran help behind the dish. Travis d'Arnaud was shipped to the Rays from the Dodgers less than one week ago, though Kratz figures to eat into his playing time until Mike Zunino (quadriceps) and Michael Perez (oblique) are healthy enough to return from the injured list. Kratz has struggled mightily at the dish this season, slashing .125/.222/.281 with a homer and three RBI over 15 games.
Kratz (hamstring) was activated off the 10-day injured list Saturday. Kratz ended up spending the 10-day minimum on the IL after suffering a left hamstring strain at the start of May. Kratz and Stephen Vogt figure to split catching duties while Buster Posey remains on the 7-day injured list with a concussion.