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 was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday.
Kratz was poor in limited action for the Giants this season, going 4-for-32 at the plate. It's possible this is the end of the road for the 38-year-old, as his .208/.256/.360 career slash line is unlikely to give him many suitors on the waiver wire.
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.
Kratz was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain Friday.
The move was made retroactive to May 1, so Kratz could be eligible to return as soon as May 11. He now faces competition for the Giants' backup catcher job, however, as Stephen Vogt's contract was purchased Wednesday. Tyler Beede was called up in a corresponding move.
Kratz started and went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Nationals.
Kratz made his first start since Apr. 12, but he generally sees two starts per week with the occasional pinch-hit appearance. The 38-year-old's limited playing time and slow start (.136/.239/.227) make him tough to roster in even deeper two-catcher leagues.
Kratz will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Kratz will make his fourth start of the season to give Buster Posey the day off for the series finale. The 38-year-old is hitless through his first 10 plate appearances with the Giants but has walked once and been hit by two pitches.
Kratz will bat eighth and catch Friday's game against the Padres, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
With Buster Posey set to man first base, Kratz will have an opportunity to make his first start as a San Francisco Giant. The veteran backstop hit .236 with six homers and 23 RBI in 67 games for Milwaukee last season.
Kratz will be the Giants' backup catcher, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Kratz's role was initially unclear when the Giants traded for him Sunday, with Aramis Garcia also on the team. Garcia could still make the roster as well, as he can cover first base, but Kratz is in line for the second-most starts guarding home plate behind Buster Posey. The Giants will likely look to get Posey out from the squat on a fairly regular basis in his age-31 season, but the presence of Garcia means that there's no guarantee Kratz will have a workload larger than a typical backup backstop.
Kratz was traded to the Giants from the Brewers for C.J. Hinojosa on Sunday.
Kratz had already been informed he would not make the Opening Day roster, as his roster chances relied entirely upon injury following the free-agent signing of Yasmani Grandal. The 38-year-old had a .236/.280/.355 slash line in 219 plate appearances in 2018 but came up with some clutch postseason hits for Milwaukee. It remains unclear how the Giants' catching situation will unfold behind Buster Posey, but for now Kratz has a place on the 40-man roster.
The Brewers informed Kratz on Saturday that he won't be included on their Opening Day roster, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Haudricourt relays that Kratz will stick around the Brewers' spring-training facility in Arizona to await a potential trade or waiver claim, which implies that Milwaukee has designated him for assignment. Kratz produced some clutch hits in the Brewers' postseason run in 2018, but his measly .211/.258/.363 line over 868 career regular-season plate appearances provides a more accurate representation of his talent level.
Kratz went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and an additional RBI in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Kratz put the Brewers on the board with his second-inning homer -- his second of spring -- and he extended the team's lead with an run-scoring single in the sixth inning. The veteran backstop added a double in his second at-bat, falling just a triple shy of the cycle when all was said and done. Kratz is doing everything he can to stake his claim on an Opening Day roster spot, though he may ultimately be out of luck with Yasmani Grandal and Manny Pina currently ahead of him on the depth chart. The backstop is 5-for-14 (.357) with five RBI through five games this spring.
Kratz went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Giants.
Kratz's first hit of Cactus League play left the yard. The veteran backstop is currently fighting for an Opening Day roster spot with Manny Pina looking like the favorite to break camp as the backup to Yasmani Grandal.
Manager Craig Counsell said Kratz is currently Milwaukee's third string catcher, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Kratz was originally expected to reprise his role as the team's backup catcher in 2019, but the addition of Yasmani Grandal has complicated things for the veteran. Manny Pina is now tabbed for backup duties, while Kratz will be left to compete for a roster spot during spring training. The 38-year-old is out of options, so he could be on the move if he loses out on an Opening Day roster spot. Kratz hit .236/.380/.355 with six homers in 67 games last season.
Kratz agreed to a one-year contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.
Kratz will return to Milwaukee after enjoying somewhat of a resurgence with the Brewers in 2018. After being acquired from the Yankees in May, the veteran backstop hit .236/.380/.355 with six homers and 23 RBI across 67 games. He'll most likely serve as the backup to Manny Pina in 2019.
Kratz is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Kratz will once again give way to Manny Pina behind the dish with Gio Gonzalez lined up to pitch for the Brewers. The backstop has appeared in all three games this series, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.
Kratz is out of Friday's lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.
Manny Pina will catch Gio Gonzalez after Kratz started the final two games of Milwaukee's series against Colorado. Look for Kratz to set up behind the plate for Game 2 on Saturday with Wade Miley on the bump.
Kratz went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Rockies.
Kratz played a folk hero role for the Brewers over the final two games of their first-round series, as the 38-year-old tallied a total of five hits while kicking in two runs in Game 2. As they did for the bulk of the second half, Kratz and Manny Pina figure to share the catching duties for the Brewers the rest of the way.
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