ERIK KRATZ NEWS

Source: Braves, Mariners interested in Erik Kratz

The Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves are among the roughly 10 teams interested in signing free agent catcher Erik Kratz, a source said. Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Kratz has “lots of offers” on the table and that a decision will come sometime tomorrow. As Cotillo noted, Kratz is searching for a major-league deal and with many teams interested in his services...
Via Baseball Essential
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Option Joe Kelly In Plethora of Moves

The Boston Red Sox front office is busy today. They have called up outfielder Jackie Bradley, infielder Deven Marrero, and right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro. They then optioned right hander Joe Kelly to Triple-A, placed Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Backup catcher Erik Kratz was designated for assignment. Bradley is one of the best players, if not the...
Via Baseball Essential
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Placed On DL As Red Sox Make Whole Bunch Of Roster Moves

BOSTON — The Red Sox’s clubhouse was a madhouse Thursday morning. Three new faces joined the Red Sox before their series finale against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, meanwhile, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain, while outfielder Hanley Ramirez is considered “day to day” after suffering a hand injury in Wednesday...
Via NESN.com
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox activate Masterson, Kratz, demote Wright, Castillo

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have activated right-hander Justin Masterson and catcher Erik Kratz and sent right-hander Steven Wright and outfielder Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Masterson will work out of the bullpen after being a starter before going on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. He is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Injury Updates: Blake Swihart Could Avoid Disabled List Stint

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox made a flurry of roster moves Tuesday. Fortunately for Boston, the moves didn’t include catcher Blake Swihart going on the disabled list. It was reasonable to wonder Tuesday afternoon whether Swihart was destined for the DL because catcher Erik Kratz, who was claimed off waivers Sunday from the Kansas...
Via NESN.com
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo Optioned To Pawtucket As Boston Red Sox Tweak Roster

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox made a flurry of roster moves before Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Outfielder Rusney Castillo and right-handed pitcher Steven Wright were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Right-hander Justin Masterson was activated from the 15-day disabled list and catcher Erik Kratz,...
Via NESN.com
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox claim catcher Erik Kratz off waivers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Boston Red Sox claimed veteran backup catcher Erik Kratz off waivers Sunday. Kratz was designated for assignment June 11 by the Kansas City Royals. He had been limited to four at-bats this season and went on the disabled list May 4 with left foot plantar fasciitis. He hit .214 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games on a rehab assignment with Triple...
Via AP on Fox
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Claim Veteran Catcher Erik Kratz Off Waivers From Royals

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox added catching depth Sunday in the wake of Blake Swihart suffering an injury in Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Red Sox claimed veteran catcher Erik Kratz off waivers from the Royals. Kratz was designated for assignment June 11 following a stint on the 15-day disabled...
Via NESN.com
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals reinstate catcher Kratz, designate him for assignment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals are sticking with Drew Butera as their backup catcher, reinstating Erik Kratz from the disabled list Thursday and designating him from assignment. Kansas City acquired Butera from the Los Angeles Angels last month to back up Salvador Perez when Kratz went on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Kratz had been on an injury rehabilitation...
Via AP on Fox
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 06.05.15

HR CALL: Erik Kratz (4), Jorge Bonifacio (9)     Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Jorge Bonifacio 2-4 R HR 2 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Jake Junis 6.0 IP 7 H  1 R  0 BB 5 K     Omaha Storm Chasers 5                  El Paso Chihuahuas 2 An Erik […]
Via Pine Tar Press
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 06.03.15

HR CALL: Casey Kotchman (3), Erik Kratz (3)     Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Samir Duenez 2-4 R 2B  2 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Zach Lovvorn 6.0 IP  6 H  0 R  2 BB  3 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 6            El Paso Chihuahuas 2 Yohan Pino would […]
Via Pine Tar Press
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 05.30.15

HR CALL: Erik Kratz (2)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Jose Martinez 3-4 2 R  3B 2 RBI   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Luke Farrell 5.1 IP  5 H 3 R  0 BB  3 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 5             Albuquerque Isotopes 9 Brandon Finnegan’s first AAA did not […]
Via Pine Tar Press
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 05.22.15

HR CALL: Cheslor Cuthbert (5), Orlando Calixte (3), Erik Kratz (1), Lane Adams (4), Francisco Pena (2), Jorge Bonifacio (7)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Jorge Bonifacio 2-4 R  3B  HR  3 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: Yender Caramo 6.0  6 H  1 R  0 BB  5 K   […]
Via Pine Tar Press
May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 666: The Josh Hamilton Trade by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Salvador Perez, Erik Kratz, and emergency catchers and then discuss Josh Hamilton`s return to Texas.
Via Baseball Prospectus
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals drop Reds 5-2

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Erik Kratz homered off left-hander Tony Cingrani, who is trying to win one of the openings in Cincinnati's rotation, and the split-squad Kansas City Royals beat the Reds 5-2 on Wednesday. Cingrani, coming off shoulder problems last season, gave up three hits and a walk in three innings, including Kratz's solo homer. Left-hander Paul Maholm started for Cincinnati...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Kratz homers off Cingrani, Royals beat Reds 5-2

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Erik Kratz homered off left-hander Tony Cingrani, who is trying to win one of the openings in Cincinnati's rotation, and the split-squad Kansas City Royals beat the Reds 5-2 on Wednesday. Cingrani, coming off shoulder problems last season, gave up three hits and a walk in three innings, including Kratz's solo homer. Left-hander Paul Maholm started for Cincinnati...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Valencia wins arbitration case, will earn $1.675 million

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto infielder Danny Valencia won his salary arbitration case with the Blue Jays. Valencia was asking for $1,675,000 and the Blue Jays countered with $1.2 million. Last season, his salary was $532,500. The 30-year-old player was eligible for arbitration for the first time. Arbitrators James Oldham, Sylvia Skratek and Edna Francis ruled Friday, a day after...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Valencia, Blue Jays argue cases in salary arbitration

  Toronto and Danny Valencia have completed their arbitration hearing, with the infielder asking for $1,675,000 and the Blue Jays arguing for $1.2 million. Arbitrators James Oldham, Sylvia Skratek and Edna Francis are expected to issue their decision Friday, a day after hearing arguments. The 30-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, batted .258 last season with...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Valencia and Blue Jays argue cases in arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto and Danny Valencia have completed their arbitration hearing, with the infielder asking for $1,675,000 and the Blue Jays arguing for $1.2 million. Arbitrators James Oldham, Sylvia Skratek and Edna Francis are expected to issue their decision Friday, a day after hearing arguments. The 30-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, batted...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Royals and Patience Don’t Mix

With some exceptions, the Kansas City Royals have struggled to score runs throughout their history. If you don't believe me, I'll give you some facts here in a little bit on that. The Royals headed into the off-season following their World Series run with a couple edicts. The one we'll talk about today is that they needed to score more runs. As much as the 2014 Royals succeeded with...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals send Liam Hendricks back to Blue Jays in trade

  The Royals have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendricks one day after losing in Game 7 of the World Series. The 21-year-old Nessy appeared in 69 games for Class-A Lansing and Dunedin this season, hitting .231 with a homer and 28 RBI. He's spent the past four years in the Blue Jays' minor league system after...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals send Hendricks back to Blue Jays in trade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendricks one day after losing in Game 7 of the World Series. The 21-year-old Nessy appeared in 69 games for Class-A Lansing and Dunedin this season, hitting .231 with a homer and 28 RBIs. He's spent the past four years in the Blue Jays' minor...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz "Never Thought" Phillies Would Trade Him; Happy To Be In World Series

The Phillies were looking for pitching depth in the 2014 offseason. The team felt that they could get it in the form of right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. So, the Phillies shipped their backup catcher Erik Kratz and prospect Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kratz. While...
Via Philliedelphia
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Re-Sign or Release: Wil Nieves

Photo: USA Today The Phillies currently have 12 players on their 40-man roster “in flux”. There are four outright free agents, six arbitration eligible players, and a pair of players with options. We will review each of the 12 players starting today, reviewing the case to either re-sign the player, the case to release the player, and the final verdict of what the Phillies should...
Via Phillies Nation
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals keep same roster, Orioles add Matusz for ALCS

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals will enter the AL Championship Series with the same 25-man roster they used in a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Ned Yost has an 11-man pitching staff, six outfielders, five infielders, designated hitter Billy Butler and catchers Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz. Baltimore's roster, as expected, does not include suspended first baseman...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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