Erik Kratz
C PIT
2 months ago

Kratz signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Katz, who's played for the Astros and Pirates already this season, will head to Triple-A Buffalo. He's struggled mightily at the plate all year, as he's just 8-for-85 (.094) with 32 strikeouts. Kratz was signed to simply add to Toronto's catching depth, so it's unlikely that Kratz will see much, if any, time with the big club this season

Erik Kratz
C PIT
2 months ago

Kratz cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis, but he decided to elect for free agency instead, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 36-year old catcher struggled with the Pirates in 2016, hitting .107 in 56 at-bats. It may be hard for Kratz fo find a job after four straight below-average offensive seasons, but if he does, expect him to start with that team in Triple-A.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
2 months ago

Kratz was designated for assignment Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

With the Pirates in need of 40-man space, Kratz was DFA'd, and he'll now be subject to waivers. If he passes through unclaimed, he'll likely wind up at Triple-A Indianapolis after making 18 appearances for the big league club on the season.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
3 months ago

Kratz broke a 3-3 tie Sunday with an infield single against the A's.

EDGE Analysis

He's batting .085 (6-for-71) in 2016, split between Houston and Pittsburgh. Kratz, who started both Saturday and Sunday, could see additional playing time leading up to the All-Star break if Chris Stewart needs more rest or goes on the DL. The Pirates signed catcher Eric Fryer on Sunday to serve on their major league roster.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
3 months ago

Kratz went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Kratz continues to hit better since adjusting the prescription on his contacts, with all three of his RBI this season coming in the past week. Still, his .069/.069/.172 line suggests the catcher shouldn't be on your radar except in the deepest of leagues.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
3 months ago

Kratz attributed his solo homer Monday to a recent prescription adjustment to his contact lenses, 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh reports.

EDGE Analysis

The catcher acknowledged that he's not a great hitter, but that he's better than what he's shown in 2016. Kratz could start another couple games while Chris Stewart recovers from a balky knee.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
3 months ago

Kratz provided the only offense in Monday's 1-0 victory over the Giants, going 1-for-3 with a solo homer.

EDGE Analysis

Kratz defied all odds with his fifth-inning bomb off Madison Bumgarner. The light-hitting backup is just 3-for-47 this season, so this was likely his most important offensive contribution of 2016.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
3 months ago

Kratz is in the lineup and batting eighth for Monday's game against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Kratz is just 2-for-44 on the season and provides hardly any fantasy value or upside especially in a tough matchup with Madison Bumgarner.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
3 months ago

Kratz is in the lineup and batting eighth for Wednesday's game against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Kratz is still searching for his first hit as a Pirate after going 0-for-3 in his debut against the Cardinals. He will have a tough matchup with Noah Syndergaard, and is unlikely to provide much fantasy value over the course of the season.

Erik Kratz
C PIT
4 months ago

Kratz was traded to the Pirates for cash considerations Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates have lost the services of primary catcher Francisco Cervelli for an extended period of time due to a broken hand, and Kratz will provide another veteran body behind the plate, potentially splitting time with Chris Stewart. However, he doesn't possess the offensive skill set to be worthy of ownership int he majority of fantasy leagues.